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Maranoa lullaby : for mezzo-soprano and string quartet

by Peter Sculthorpe (1996)

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Work Overview

Maranoa Lullaby was collected in the Maranoa district in Southern Queensland by Dr H O Lethbridge. An arrangement of it for voice and piano, by Arthur S Loam, was published by Allan & Co, Melbourne, in the 1930s. This was later made popular by the Aboriginal tenor Harold Blair. In 2007, his 1950 recording of it was chosen by the National Film and Sound Archive as one of its 'Sounds of Australia.'
When I was a student in Melbourne, in the 1940s, I made an orchestral arrangement of the lullaby. I have since used it in several works, notably Cello Dreaming, for solo cello and strings (1998) and my choral Requiem (2004).

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano voice, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Goldner String Quartet, Kirsti Harms — 26 Nov 96. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


Program note: Peter Sculthorpe's "Maranoa Lullaby"
by Peter Sculthorpe
Source: the score of this work


Performances of this work

19 Sep 2015: at Moorambilla Gala Concert (Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre). Featuring Song Company.

15 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Song Company.

13 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Wollongong Town Hall). Featuring Song Company.

10 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University). Featuring Song Company.

9 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall). Featuring Song Company.

7 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Song Company.

5 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture). Featuring Song Company.

19 Jun 07: Parliament House, Canberra. Featuring David Pereira.

26 Nov 96: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Featuring Goldner String Quartet, Kirsti Harms.

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