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Ashes of roses : SSA, recorders, guitar and harpsichord

by May Howlett (1988)

Ashes of roses


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Ashes of roses : SSA, recorders, guitar and harpsichord / words and music by May Howlett.

Library shelf no. 782.6526/HOW 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Judith Clingan wanted a short choral piece for her chamber ensemble, Gaudeamus, to perform on their Bicentennial tour. I used a short poem that I had written for my daughter years before.
My 10-month-old was crying; to amuse her, I held her up to the mirror for the first time. My mother's photo was on the mantelpiece in front of the mirror. She had died only weeks after my daughter was born. Three generations looked at each other across the years.

Work Details

Year: 1988

Instrumentation: SSA choir, harpsichord, classical guitar, 2 recorders.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Judith Clingan.. Commissioned for concert performances on tour and broadcasts associated with the Bicentenary of Australia celebrations in 1988.


Performances of this work

3 Sep 2014: at Celebrating May in Spring (Chevalier College). Featuring Emma Knott, Kjell Goyer, Berrima Singers, Yvonne D'Arcy, Vanessa Woodhill, Christine Tilley.

18 Dec 2013: at Choral music from the Great South Land (Albert Hall, Canberra).

1988: Various throughout Australia, as part of concert tour for the Bicentennial celebrations. Featuring Judith Clingan, Gaudeamus.

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