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Art & life

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Art & life : a song cycle for high female voice and piano [eScore] / Linda Kouvaras.

by Linda Kouvaras (1999)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano voice, piano.
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    Performance by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal from the CD Repose


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Art and Life is a song cycle which traces the life of a woman in her early adulthood. She meets an Artist, sits for him, and they fall in love. The first song describes the sitting. They have a child; she sings a lullaby to the sleeping baby. By the third song, the woman's relationship with the Artist, the father of her child, has soured; he abuses her. In the following song, her militancy (the survival instinct mentioned in the first poem) burgeons; her "resourcefulness", explored in the third, has found a new level - and in the fifth song she has been imprisoned for her "commendable bravery". In the last, in her incarceration, she sings a distant lullaby to her child.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (63p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 21 mins

Contents note:

I. Sleeping girl -- II. Lullaby for Kyle -- III. Woman's predicament -- IV. Party lines and deaf ears -- V. Art & life -- VI. Distant lullaby.

Commissioned by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal.

First performance by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal — Aug 01. Wintyre Gallery, Victoria

Includes program note and texts of poems.

Texts by: Diane Fahey (Sleeping girl, Lullaby for Kyle) ; Bronwen Bartel (Woman's predicament, Party lines and deaf ears) ; Linda Kouvaras (Art and life, Distant lullaby).

The composer notes the following about the style of this work: Tonal

'Distant lullaby' was commissioned by Linda Thompson (soprano) and Deviani Segal (piano)

The music for 'Woman's predicament' and 'Party lines and deaf ears' was written during a composer-in-residence stay in January, 1999, at Bundanon [NSW], the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd estate bequeathed to the nation

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