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Mallee in October : from The Mallee sings

by Becky Llewellyn (1993)

Mallee in October


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Work Overview

Mallee in October is a song of joy in life. It begins with the clarinet as birdsong, loosely based on recordings of birds found in the mallee of South Australia and Victoria. The birdsong continues as the choir joins in singing words from the poem by Flexmore Hudson of spring in the mallee, October in the southern hemisphere. The song exudes a childlike joy in discovering tadpoles, plants with dew, birds learning to fly, tottery lambs and precarious birds nests. The jaunty piece pauses in its discoveries only for the clarinet to imitate a little bird trying to fly, then resumes its choral pleasure in the delights of a mallee spring day as the sun unfolds.

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: SATB choir, piano, clarinet in A.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium — professional clarinetist required

Commission note: Commissioned by Russell Larkin.. Russell Larkin, Conductor, Adelaide Chorus

First performance: by Hamline University A Capella Choir, George Chu, Tania McLain, Alanna Seppala — 5 May 96. Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA


Performances of this work

5 Sep 98: North Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria. Featuring Faye Dumont, Melbourne Chamber Choir, Rina D'Cruz, Jonathon Bradley.

Nov 96: Microsoft Organisation, Seattle Washington USA. Featuring Adelaide Harmony Choir, John Hall.

5 May 96: Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA. Featuring Alanna Seppala, Hamline University A Capella Choir, George Chu, Tania McLain.

25 Jul 93: ABC Studio 520 Collinswood, South Australia. Featuring Adelaide Chorus, Haig Burnell, Greg Roberts, Russell Larkin.

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