Country : a cantata in three phases for baritone, oboe and piano
by Don Kay (2015)
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Country : a cantata in three phases for baritone, oboe and piano / music by Don Kay, words by John Honey.
Library shelf no. 783.88548/KAY 1 [Available for loan]
The idea for this work originated from a suggestion by Simon
Barber to John Honey in early 2015, i.e. to write a text
conveying significant aspects of Tasmanian experience suitable
for expression through music. When John gave me a copy of
Country, which was to become the third and final phase
of the work, I immediately identified with the sentiments
contained - sentiments shared, I imagine, by many Tasmanians
descended from early settlers. The dark boy followed
soon after I indicated my desire to set Country.
Finally, Voices from the Black War, 1824-1831, was added
to complete our 'cantata in three phases'. The word 'phase' is
used to suggest a chronological sequence of attitudes and
thoughts from early colonial times to the present day. We
acknowledge Nicholas Clement's book, The Black War (V.
Q. P., 2014) as the source of the Voices quotes. Some
minor cuts have been made to enhance the metre, without affecting
the meaning of the text.
In Voices from the Black War, 1824-1831, the aim is for the singer to intone each single quote (with the exception of George Augustus Robinson) representing European settlers, military or press articles, in expressionless solemnity, contrasted only by each having its own monotone pitch. Representative Aboriginal voices, by contrast, are to be sung with appropriate animation suitable to the circumstance.
Instrumentation: Baritone voice, oboe, piano.
Duration: 20 min.
Contents note: 1. Voices from the Black War, 1824 - 1831 -- 2. The dark boy -- 3. Country.
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