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Nine lives : a song cycle about cats

by Roger Smalley (2007)

Nine lives


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Nine lives : for soprano and piano / music by Roger Smalley ; poem by Laurence Housman.

Library shelf no. 783.66542/SMA 1 [Available for loan]

Voice of Australia


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Voice of Australia : Volume II / compiled by Wendy Dixon and David Miller.

Library shelf no. 783.2542/VOI 1 [Not for loan]

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Text is poem by Laurence Housman.

Performances of this work

18 Aug 2016: at Roger Smalley in memoriam (Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Wendy Dixon.

5 Apr 2014: at Grevillea Ensemble (The Flute Tree). Featuring Wendy Dixon, David Miller.

5 Aug 2010: at Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 3 (Jupiters Townsville). Featuring Suzanne Shakespeare, Piers Lane.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 15 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
This English-born composer arrived on Australian shores in the 1970s, directly from the highly pressured surroundings of the Stockhausen household. It is in Perth, the most isolated city in the world, that he reconnected with the icons of the Western canon, including cats. This expertly written cycle offers plenty of opportunities to good singers who love furry pets with attitude.
Roland Peelman