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Poems I, II, III : a collection of 3 poems for cello & piano

by Sally Greenaway (2013)

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Performance by Gillian Pereira, Sally Greenaway from the CD Aubade & nocturne

Aubade & nocturne


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Aubade & nocturne / music of Sally Greenaway.

Library shelf no. CD 2621 [On loan, due 11/11/16]

Poems I, II, III


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Poems I, II, III : a collection of 3 poems for cello & piano / music by Sally Greenaway.

Library shelf no. 787.4/GRE 7 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Roses du Soir (Evening Roses)

As soon as night rises in the sky, the world belongs to us, and to the gods. We go from field to spring, from dark wood to forest glade, wherever our bare feet lead us.
Tiny stars shine just enough for the tiny shadows that we are. Sometimes, under the low-hanging boughs, we come across hinds asleep.
But more alluring than anything else at night-time is a spot known only to us and which entices us into the forest: a mysterious rose bush.
For there is nothing so divine on earth as to compare with the scent of roses in the night. How is it that when I was alone I did not feel intoxicated by it?

- Pierre Louys

This collection of short Poems for violoncello and piano have been inspired by Reynaldo Hahn's exquisite French mélodie pieces. Every note has been carefully written to paint the warmth of expression: a whisper or a tenderness, deep sorrow or the beauty of stillness. There are little moments of shimmering piano accompaniment reminiscent of the music of Philip Glass, which supports the lyrical 'cello voice.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Poem I (1 min 30sec)  -- Poem II (2 mins 30sec)  -- Poem III (2mins.).

First performance: by Sally Whitwell, Sally Maer — 8 Dec 13. All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, ACT

The composer notes the following influences on this work: Reynaldo Hahn, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Sally Whitwell, Philip Glass.

Performances of this work

22 Mar 2015: at Australian Women Composers: Whitwell & Greenaway (High Court of Australia). Featuring Sally Greenaway, Alex Voorhoeve.

8 Dec 13: All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, ACT. Featuring Sally Whitwell, Sally Maer.

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