Toadstools (sextets: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)
by Fred Hill (1988)
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The opening and closing segments are a kind of "Devil's Motet" recalling my undergraduate studies of Palestrina. The central section is more of a 1930's jazz-cabaret style. There is an ironic quote from Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose" in reference to the phallus-shaped Stinkhorn.
Instrumentation: Vocal ensemble: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass.
Duration: 3 min.
Dedication note: Emil Campion and Judith Harpur (partner b.1937 d.1987)
Commission note: Composed as a submission to the Song Company in 1988 as part of a composer's workshop at Sydney University.
Toadstools is a setting of a poem by Emil Campion (my uncle and Peter C.'s father) written in 1954 from the collection 'Now and Then'.
Performances of this work
24 Mar 12: Nordica Auditorium, University of Maine, Farmington Me. USA. Featuring Ear Candy.
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