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Hidden Thoughts II: Return To Sender

Sheet Music: Score

Hidden Thoughts II: Return To Sender : for mezzo-soprano, narrator and string quartet / Katy Abbott.

by Katy Abbott (2020)


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The text for this work uses excerpts of letters. These letters were written by ordinary Australians in response to a call by Julian Burnside QC to write letters of support and encouragement to seekers of asylum on Nauru and Manus Islands. 2000 letters were sent and all but three were returned to sender; unopened and undelivered. The work illuminates the voice of Australia through these powerful and ordinary sentiments.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (115p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 56 mins

Dedication note: "For Maureen"
Commission info: This work was composed for Flinders Quartet for their 20th Birthday and was composed as part of an Australia Council of the Arts Fellowship (music)

First performance by Dimity Shepherd, Richard Piper, Flinders Quartet at Flinders Quartet: Return to Sender (Live streaming event (online only)) on 23 Jul 2020

Includes programme notes, performance directions and copy of full text.

Text compiled by Katy Abbott and Maureen Johnson.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720241-00-5

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Return to Sender

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