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Brisbane songs

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Brisbane songs / Robert Davidson

by Robert Davidson (2008)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano voice, clarinet, violin, cello, piano.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Collusion, Emma Baker-Spink from the CD I read the old dream slowly


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Three poems are collected and set in Brisbane Songs. Les Murray's 'Nocturne' starts the set in a reflective mood. The poem is an ode-like enumeration of iconic features of Brisbane, centring on the river, and dwelling on the major impact of World War Two on the city, touching evocatively on many other aspects of Brisbane's identity in the process. The inescapable river is strongly present in 'Streets of Brisbane' by Kevin Hart, represented in the music by a series of widely-spaced, static chords that overtake the texture at several points. The third poem, 'Leaving West End', by Bronwyn Lea, takes quite a different turn, focusing on two frozen moments of observation. Set at an inner-suburban bus stop, the first observation is of a young, typically Brisbanian couple intense in their embrace of the present moment; it is interrupted by the recounting of an experience of heroin-accompanied eroticism.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 4 performance parts (34p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Some parts - piano for example - are harder than others

Duration: 15 mins

Contents note:

Nocturne -- The streets of Brisbane -- Leaving West End.

Commissioned by Collusion.

First performance by Collusion — 4 Sep 08. Visy Theatre Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

The composer cites the following influences on the work: Art song, polystylism, Ned Rorem, Nick Cave, Neil Finn, Elliott Carter, John Rodgers.

Typeset edition.

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Brisbane songs
Score: Brisbane songs / Robert Davidson

I read the old dream slowly
CD: I read the old dream slowly : an Australian chamber music & art collection / Collusion.


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