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Art and life : a song cycle for high female voice and piano

by Linda Kouvaras (1999)

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Performance by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal from the CD Repose

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Art & life : a song cycle for high female voice and piano / Linda Kouvaras.

Library shelf no. 783.66547/KOU 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Art and Life is a song cycle which traces the life of a woman in her early adulthood. She meets an Artist, sits for him, and they fall in love. The first song describes the sitting. They have a child; she sings a lullaby to the sleeping baby. By the third song, the woman's relationship with the Artist, the father of her child, has soured; he abuses her. In the following song, her militancy (the survival instinct mentioned in the first poem) burgeons; her "resourcefulness", explored in the third, has found a new level - and in the fifth song she has been imprisoned for her "commendable bravery". In the last, in her incarceration, she sings a distant lullaby to her child.

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: Soprano voice, piano.

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Sleeping girl -- II. Lullaby for Kyle -- III. Woman's predicament -- IV. Party lines and deaf ears -- V. Art & life -- VI. Distant lullaby.

Commission note: Commissioned by Deviani Segal, Linda Thompson.

First performance: by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal — Aug 01. Wintyre Gallery, Victoria

The composer notes the following about the style of this work: Tonal

Texts by: Diane Fahey (Sleeping girl, Lullaby for Kyle) ; Bronwen Bartel (Woman's predicament, Party lines and deaf ears) ; Linda Kouvaras (Art and life, Distant lullaby).

'Distant lullaby' was commissioned by Linda Thompson (soprano) and Deviani Segal (piano)

The music for 'Woman's predicament' and 'Party lines and deaf ears' was written during a composer-in-residence stay in January, 1999, at Bundanon [NSW], the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd estate bequeathed to the nation


Performances of this work

14 Mar 2010: at A celebration of Australian Women composers (St Mary's Kangaroo Point (Brisbane)). Featuring Zoe Taylor, Elizabeth Green.

7 Mar 2010: at A celebration of Australian Women composers (Chapter Hall, St Mary's Cathedral (Sydney)). Featuring Zoe Taylor, Elizabeth Green.

Sep 03: Musica Intima: 'Art & Life, a recital of original songs & solo piano works by Linda Kouvaras', Rechabite Hall, Northcote, Melbourne. Featuring Vivien Hamilton, Linda Kouvaras.

Aug 01: Wintyre Gallery, Victoria. Featuring Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal.

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