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Sheet Music: Score

Foundling : from 'Four Songs from Grimm's', for SATB choir and piano / music by Luke Byrne ; lyrics adapted by Luke Byrne from Grimms' fairy tales.

by Luke Byrne (2017)


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I became acquainted with Grimms' tales through reading The Singing Bones by the peerless Australian author and artist Shaun Tan. In his book, Shaun Tan does not simply illustrate or re-tell these rough, gruesome and enthralling stories, but creates a single clay sculpture for each story he chose, accompanied by a short excerpt of text. Together these capture an essence of each story.

The four stories that I have chosen may never be as famous as "Cinderella" or "Hansel & Gretel", but they are no less wonderful, especially the last one, "Foundling". I have taken my cue from Shaun Tan and aimed to capture an essence of each story: an atmosphere of foreboding, a repeated, simple plea from one child to another.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (13p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 5 min.

First performance by NSW Public Schools Singers, Elizabeth Scott — 2017. Sydney Opera House

Includes program notes and copy of lyrics.

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ISMN: 979-0-67311-192-9

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