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Sheet Music: Score

Flying : for SSATTB voices / Katy Abbott ; text: Michael Leunig.

by Katy Abbott (2015)


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This work was composed for the all-Leunig Song Almanac as part of The Song Company NSW Tour in 2015. 12 composers writing 1 short work each to make up a calendar using text by Michael Leunig.

Flying is based on the month of June and began with the idea of cosiness. In searching through Michael Leunig's text for suitable words to set, I came across a newspaper opinion article by Leunig for The Age in 2008 titled Pillow Talk from the Dreamtime. Although not poetry, the words are immensely singable and this piece, Flying, comes from a small amount of words and sentiment in this article.

It is the idea of childhood daydreaming that resonates; the cosiness and safety of bed allows the imagination to soar and fly.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (17p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 6 mins

Commission info: This work is commissioned by the family of Robert and Tania Black; in memory of Dorrit Black, painter and printmaker

First performance by The Song Company, Roland Peelman at The all-Leunig Song Almanac (Blackheath Uniting Church) on 31 Oct 2015

Includes full text and performance notes.

First performed by the Song Company, NSW & ACT Tour, 2015 (October / November 2015)

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720162-56-0

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