Art and life : a song cycle for high female voice and piano
by Linda Kouvaras (1999)
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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.
Instrumentation: Soprano voice, piano.
Duration: 21 min.
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.
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
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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