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Toadstools (sextets: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)

by Fred Hill (1988)

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Performance by Antony Walker, Song Company from the CD Selected compositions 1972-1990

Selected compositions 1972-1990


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Selected compositions 1972-1990 / Freddie Hill

Library shelf no. CD 1971 [Available for loan]



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The toadstools / composed by Freddie Hill ; words by Emil Campion.

Library shelf no. 783.165542/HIL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1988

Instrumentation: Vocal ensemble: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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.

8 Oct 88: Old Darlington School, Sydney University. Featuring Antony Walker, Song Company.

8 Oct 88: Old Darlington School, Sydney University. Featuring Song Company, Antony Walker.

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