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Advice To A Girl

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Advice To A Girl : for mezzo-soprano and piano trio [eScore] / music by Anne Cawrse ; words by Sara Teasdale.

by Anne Cawrse (2021)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano or mezzo-soprano, violin, cello, piano.
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  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Bethany Hill, Cameron Hill, Helen Ayres, Martin Alexander, Ewen Bramble from the CD Advice to a girl

    (this sample is of the Mezzo-Soprano with string quartet version of this work)


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I became aware of the poem Advice To A Girl by Sara Teasdale in a media misquote, which said I had set these words in another musical work of mine, Flame and Shadow (they got the Teasdale bit right, but chose the wrong poem!) Upon reading the poem, it struck me as the perfect text to use for a work that wanted to lay claim to a woman's rightful desire to create. I set it aside until the right opportunity came about- that opportunity was a new work to be included on my debut album of chamber music for voice and strings.

The music, like the text, is gentle but confident; simple, but direct. Teasdale's honest and unpretentious lyricism is reflected in the crystalline clarity of the music, beginning with a small waver of insecurity, and finishing with a new-found assuredness. It is a poem that I still struggle to articulate a meaning for, but which affects me deeply every time I hear it: what better reason, then, to set it to music, and to let the music deliver the true meaning of the words?

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 6 min.

Commission info: This arrangement made for 'Domestic Voices', part of 'She Speaks' (June 2021), presented by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium of Music

First performance by Cheryl Pickering, Seraphim Trio — 19 Jun 21. 'Domestic Voices', Elder Hall, Adelaide

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