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Christina's Lullaby

Sheet Music: Score

Christina's Lullaby : female voice(s) with piano / arrangement of the original score by Ross Edwards ; words by Dorothy Hewett.

by Ross Edwards (2009)


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I detached and arranged Christina's Lullaby from the opera Christina's World (1983), whose music I composed to a magical libretto by Dorothy Hewett, which she described as "an allegory or fable about illusion and reality and the truth and lies of memory."

Both words and music of the lullaby are deceptively simple, but with a disturbing undertow: Christina, having given birth in the sand dunes, sends the baby out to sea on a raft "with a night light for company".

The opera Christina's World, misunderstood at its early performances in Sydney, was successfully revived by in 2019 by the South Australian State opera. I so wish Dorothy had lived to see a production and reception that I think would have delighted her.

Ross Edwards

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 3 mins, 30 sec.

Includes programme note and copy of full text.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2019.

ISMN: 979-0-720242-60-6

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