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Sheet Music: Score

Ficta : for six voices a cappella (SSATBrB) / text: Prosdocimo de'Beldomandi, Richard Wagner, Ern Malley ; music: Elliott Gyger.

by Elliott Gyger (1994)


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This work was conceived and planned in the course of my residency with the Song Company in the second half of 1993, and written especially for the group's 10th anniversary concert. Ficta is a Latin word meaning "false" or "feigned", as in the medieval music theory term musica ficta, which refers to the sharpening or flattening in performance of the written notes in a piece, according to various rules (and the dictates of individual taste). In the context of this work the "falseness" referred to encompasses considerations of musical style and technique, as well as, appropriately, the art (or artifice) of singing itself.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (42p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 16 mins

Commission info: Written for the tenth anniversary of The Song Company

First performance by Song Company, Elliott Gyger — 21 Aug 94. St James Church, Sydney

Includes performance notes.

Text by Prosdocimo de'Beldomandi, Richard Wagner, and Ern Malley.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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