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Dreaming transportation : voice portraits of the first women of white settlement at Port Jackson

by Andrée Greenwell (2003)

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Work Overview

Inspired by Jordie Albiston's series of poems 'Botany Bay document', Dreaming Transportation is a dramatic song-cycle in a semi-documentary style that charts a feminine history from a contemporary perspective. This work is highly recommended as a music-drama work for upper secondary girls' schools and tertiary students.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Five female voices, violin, clarinet in Bb (doubling soprano saxophone, alto saxophone), cello, accordion (doubling guitar, hurdy-gurdy and mandolin), piano, double bass, percussion (1 player).

Duration: 80 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: The Hull -- Inventory (What to bring when setting up a colony) -- Lizzie's Reel -- Lizzie's Pact -- Sydney Gazette -- Asylum Song -- Crazy Bridget -- Mrs Macarthur's Tea Party -- Parramatta Female Factory -- Dialogue Between Two Whores -- Dorothy Paty -- Margaret Catchpole -- Letter Home: Elizabeth Macarthur -- Missing Him -- Sydney Gazette: Accidents -- Moonfish -- I do not remember -- Dreaming Transportation -- The Emanicipist finds parts of her body: feet, hands, lungs, eyes, heart -- Diary Extract (Anon).

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Festival.

First performance: Jan 03. Sydney Festival

The composer has noted the following styles, influences, etc. on this work:
Post-modern, chamber-pop, folk, rock, imrovisation, neo-romantic and minimalist.

The title song Dreaming Transportation was awarded Best Classical song, Musicoz Awards, 2004.


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Performances of this work

2004: The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House. Featuring Deborah Conway, Miriam Allan, Justine Clarke, Christine Douglas, Amie McKenna, Hope Csutoros, James Nightingale, Jane Williams, Kim Poole, Denise Papaluca, Mardi Chillingworth, Jared Underwood, Andrée Greenwell.

Jan 03: Sydney Festival

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