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I have not your dreaming : for SSAA choir

by Paul Stanhope (2005)

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Performance by Danish National Girls Choir, Michael Bojesen from the CD Works for treble choirs

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Works for treble choirs / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. CD 1725 [Available for loan]

I have not your dreaming

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I have not your dreaming / music by Paul Stanhope ; text by Margaret Glendinning.

Library shelf no. 782.65542/STA 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Known earlier in her career as Kath Walker, Oodgeroo Noonuccal took her indigenous name in order to reclaim her heritage. Oodgeroo became well-known as an Aboriginal leader, advocate and speaker but above all an eloquent poet. Margaret Glendinning's poem "I hear the songs" is a tribute to Oodgeroo. It expresses a yearning to understand indigenous culture with Oodgeroo acting as a sort of medium. Glendinning was one of many students of Oodgeroo, and her poem is a fitting tribute to a truly inspiring figure.

In setting this poem for 4 part treble choir, I have attempted to portray something of the sense of yearning felt by the poet in the slow outer sections of the piece, whilst the exuberant dance-like music of the middle underlines the more energized character of birds in flight and a "quicksilver dance of stars".

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: SSAA choir

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — High level treble voice choir

First performance: 7 Jul 05. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Performances of this work

7 Jul 05: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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