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Last Words


Last Words

  • Date: Saturday, 12 October 2013, 11:30am
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, Port Fairy — 67 Sackville Street, Port Fairy, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival 2013 series
  • Tickets: $26/$20 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Sublime New York-based soprano Jane Sheldon joins Helen Ayres, Zoe Knighton and Anna Goldsworthy, to premiere Last Words, Andrew Ford’s stunning new song cycle about the journey into the hereafter.

Ford sets the last words of historical and fictional figures such as Goethe, Henry Ward Beecher, Alban Berg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Porter, Noel Coward, Virginia Woolf, and Tim Winton’s beloved Fish from Cloudstreet.

The Australian String Quartet performs Andrew Ford’s new string quartet, commissioned especially for its 2013 season.


Before this event at 10am, at Drill Hall

Conversation: From Words to Music

Join two musician/writers, Andrew Ford and Anna Goldsworthy, for a conversation about the intersections between words and music. Andrew Ford describes the journey from words to music before the premiere of his new song cycle Last Words later this morning.

What makes a good text for music? Can music elevate a banal text into something transcendent? Are there some words that are too perfect to set to music?

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 5568 3030

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Last words : soprano with ensemble (2013) by Andrew Ford — World premiere
— performed by Anna Goldsworthy, Zoe Knighton, Helen Ayres and Jane Sheldon
Digital sheet music sample String quartet No 5 : string quartet (2013) by Andrew Ford
— performed by Australian String Quartet

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