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Work

Songline : for violin and cello

by Paul Stanhope (1998)

Also known as: Mularra

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Performance by Christine Myers, Eleanor Lewis from the CD Chamber music

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Chamber music / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. CD 510 [Available for loan]

Songline

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Score

Songline : for violin and cello / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. 785.712/STA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In many Australian Indigenous cultures, songlines map out the journey of spirit-beings across the landscape and are marked with traditional songs, stories, dances and painting. This piece imagines this notion of song mapping out a landscape, perhaps imagined from above.

The piece also examines a theme central to Indigenous culture, that in death, the full richness of artistic life is celebrated; hence there are sections of dance-like exhilaration as well as mourning. The piece is in three main sections: an opening statement of the songline, a ritual celebratory dance and a third solemn and sparse lament. Peter Sculthorpe's influence might be detected in the imagery and sound-world explored in this piece written while I was still a student.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Violin, cello.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: To Eleanor and Christine.

First performance: by Christine Myers, Eleanor Lewis — 12 Dec 98. Old Darlington School, Sydney University

Previously titled Mularra

Revised and re-titled 2016

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Performances of this work

17 Aug 2016: at Muscle Memory (The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Featuring Collusion.

26 Aug 2011: at Edinburgh Fringe - Alba to Oz (The Space @ Symposium Hall). Featuring Alice Rickards, Sonia Cromarty.

23 Aug 2011: at Edinburgh Fringe - Alba to Oz (The Space @ Symposium Hall). Featuring Sonia Cromarty, Alice Rickards.

23 Aug 2011: at Alba to Oz (To be confirmed). Featuring Alice Rickards, Sonia Cromarty.

12 Dec 98: Old Darlington School, Sydney University. Featuring Christine Myers, Eleanor Lewis.

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