Four haiku : for soprano and piano
by Julian Yu (1992)
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Library shelf no. CD 1227 [Available for loan]
Four song settings of haiku by Matsuo Basho.
Instrumentation: Soprano voice, piano.
Duration: 5 min.
Dedication note: 1st song: to Hans Werner Henze, 2nd song: to Jorge Lidermann, 3rd song: to Thomas Reiner, 4th song: to Marion Gray.
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My favourite Australian art song repertoire
Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 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.
Understated and light as a feather, these four songs on Basho haiku embody the nature of these Japanese gems; great expression, compressed in extreme brevity. As such, the singer and pianist must traverse the delicate lines with a sense of ease and grace that can only develop with rehearsal time. A light, dextrous soprano voice will savour the ornamental and oriental grace notes and slides that pervade the vocal line.