I have not your dreaming : for SSAA choir
by Paul Stanhope (2005)
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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".
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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