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Three songs after Julia : for voices and mixed ensemble

by Hilary Bell and Andrée Greenwell (2014)

Three songs after Julia


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Three songs after Julia : for voices and mixed ensemble / music by Andree Greenwell.

Library shelf no. 782.14/GRE 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Includes three songs. 'Arrows I' is a recitative style setting of the acceptance speech of Julia Gillard, accepting the office of prime minister, June 23, 2010, led by four singers, adapted by Greenwell and Hilary Bell. Against this, two speaker/vocalists call out misogynist terms said to or about Julia Gillard. The second song, 'Arrows II' is a bittersweet song to a lyric by Hilary Bell. The third song 'Misogyny Song', adapted from Gillard's famous speech, provides chords and a bass line with the expectation that other musicians improvise in accordance with the harmonic structure and song style.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Four singers (soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 altos) and two speaker vocalists; violin, soprano saxophone, cello, electronic keyboard and sampled sounds, electric or double bass and percussion. Audio can be acquired directly from the composer.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ruth Kerrison

Commission note: Commissioned by Decibel with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

First performance: by Decibel at After Julia (Eugene Goossens Hall) on 8 Nov 2014

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
chamber-pop, contemporary recitative, hybrid, classical electronica, song cycle


Performances of this work

20 Apr 2015: at Scale Variable: After Julia (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)). Featuring Decibel.

8 Nov 2014: at After Julia (Eugene Goossens Hall). Featuring Decibel.

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