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The Maroubra song cycle (female voice with piano)

by Stephen Lalor (1990)

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Performance by Susan Lorette Dunn, Stephen Lalor from the CD Songs by Stephen Lalor.

Songs by Stephen Lalor.


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Songs by Stephen Lalor.

Library shelf no. CD 802 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Libby Hathorn's lyrics evoke bitter-sweet memories of a sun-drenched life in the post-WWII beachside suburb of Maroubra in Sydney. Stephen Lalor's music sets these words in a series of vignettes ranging from hypnotic ballds to quasi-Klezmer episodes and atmospheric, operatic settings.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: Female voice, piano.

Duration: 28 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — student - professional

Contents note: Behind Hydrangea -- Stories Grandmothers Tell -- Childhood Friend -- Mr Heller and Son -- In His Arms -- They Who Knew Its Balm -- The Blue Dress -- Remembrance of Things Past.

Commission note: Commissioned by University of Technology, Sydney for Drama Dept, UTS Lindfield

First performance: 31 May 90. Greenhalgh Auditorium, University of Technology Sydney, Kuring-gai Campus

Childhood friend written in 1989 and is an arrangement of a song originally for soprano and 2 altos with piano; the score for this movement includes guitar chords. The other songs were written in 1990.


Performances of this work

2000: Queensland Ballet Gala

1991: Melbourne Writers Festival

31 May 90: Greenhalgh Auditorium, University of Technology Sydney, Kuring-gai Campus

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