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Lament for the victims of war

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Lament for the victims of war : for solo piano / Betty Beath.

Also known as: Beath, Betty - Lament for Kosovo

by Betty Beath (1999)

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  • Library Availability: 786.2/BEA 3 — Reference (not for loan) copy only
  • Instrumentation: Piano.
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    Performance by Katie Zhukov from the CD Six profiles of Australian women composers


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Lament for the Victims of War (previously titled Lament for Kosovo) was written for Adrian Hooper and the Sydney Mandolins in 1999 who gave the first performance of the work in that year; later their performance of the piece was recorded and broadcast by the ABC.

While writing this work I was deeply moved by the unfolding events in Kosovo and at the same time experiencing the sad fragility and decline of my mother. Previously I had written for the same ensemble Mikri Thalassa a piece which had been received with enthusiasm by musicians and audiences and I had this in mind as I set out to write the new work. However, the feelings that were uppermost in my heart and mind at that time emerged in what I saw as a 'lament for Kosovo and for the suffering of all those involved in such conflicts around the world'.

Because this new mandolin piece became personally significant I went on to extend and develop the 'lament' first as a piano solo, again titled Lament for Kosovo and later, as a work for string orchestra titled Lament for Kosovo Adagio for Strings. There have now been many significant performances of all of these works, nationally and internationally.

In 2008 the Lament for Kosovo, in its original form for mandolins re-emerged on concert programs. This followed Adrian Hooper's generous sharing of the unpublished score with the Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, Mark Davis. He has, since that time, intorduced the work to American audiences and included it in programs performed on tour in France and in the Nederlands where the Providence Mandolin Orchestra collaborated with the Het Consort whose Director is Alex Timmerman.

Published by: Wirripang [M-720065-89-2] — 1 score (7p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 7-8.

Duration: 7 mins

Commission info: I developed this work from a commissioned piece written for the Sydney Mandolins in 1999 which was titled 'Lament for Kosovo'. The version for piano made the work personally accessible for performance.

First performance by Jenni Flemming — 17 Sep 00. Recital program celebrating the work of Australian women composers at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Includes programme note and biographical notes on composer.

Previously titled Lament for Kosovo.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-720065-89-2

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- String orchestra
- Mandolin ensembles


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