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Songs of the universal (quartets: clarinet, piano, viola, cello)

by Mark Isaacs (1995)

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Performance by Perihelion from the CD Anthology of Australian music

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Anthology of Australian music / Perihelion.

Library shelf no. CD 315 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Inspired by Walt Whitman's poem Song of the Universal (1874).

Work Details

Year: 1995

Instrumentation: Clarinet in A, viola, cello, piano.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. "Come said the Muse, Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted, Sing me the universal." -- 2. "Soothing each lull a strain is heard, just heard, From some far shore the final chorus sounding." -- 3. "Over the mountain-growths disease and sorrow, An uncaught bird is hovering, hovering, High in the purer, happier air." -- 4. "From imperfection's murkiest cloud, Darts always forth one ray of perfect light, One flash of heaven's glory." -- 5. "And all the world a dream.".

Commission note: Commissioned by Perihelion with funds provided by Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.


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