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Learning to howl


Learning to howl / music by Andrew Ford.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Birthday of my life (2001) for high voice and harp
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossen's Hall, ABC Centre, Sydney., on Apr 09.
Andrew Ford Jane Sheldon, Genevieve Lang 2 mins, 39 sec.
Elegy in a country graveyard (2007) — radiophonic music
Recorded/performed at: Studio 257, ABC Ultimo, Sydney
Recorded in November 2006 and February 2007.
Andrew Ford Sydney Chamber Choir, Marshall McGuire, Daryl Pratt, Nick Hewett, Hoshimi Sakai, Megan Wright, Duncan Spry, Matthew Harrison 24 mins, 49 sec.
Learning to howl (2001) a song cycle for soprano, soprano saxophone/clarinet/bass clarinet, harp & percussion
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossen's Hall, ABC Centre, Sydney, on Apr 09.
Andrew Ford Jane Sheldon, Margery Smith, Genevieve Lang, Daryl Pratt 34 mins, 13 sec.
Snatches of old lauds (2002) for solo bass clarinet
Recorded/performed at: Ferry Road Studios, ABC, Brisbane, on 4 Mar 04.
Andrew Ford Richard Haynes, Emma Baker, Katherine Phillip, Paul O'Brien 5 mins, 13 sec.
Sounds and sweet airs (2003) for flute and clarinet
Recorded/performed at: Ferry Road Studios, ABC, Brisbane, on 11 Nov 04.
Andrew Ford Alexis Kenny, Richard Haynes 5 mins, 30 sec.

Product details

Andrew Ford's vast knowledge and love of music of all kinds is well known to the many fans of his popular weekly program The Music Show on ABC Radio National. He is also internationally renowned as a composer, and ABC Classics is proud to showcase his remarkable talent in this new album Learning to Howl.

Drawing on poetry from women across the centuries - from Sappho, Queen Elizabeth I and Christina Rossetti to Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Smart and the contemporary Australian poet Ann Timoney Jenkin - Andrew Ford traces the journey from childhood to old age in his award-winning song cycle 'Learning to Howl'. His music is by turns bold and tender, innocent and sensual, yearning and joyous, and the pure, clear voice of Australian soprano Jane Sheldon responds to every nuance of the words with sensitivity and grace. The title comes from the writings of novelist Lorrie Moore, describing how, as a child, she wanted to 'make chords' with her voice, 'to splinter her voice into harmonies…to howl and fly and break apart.'

The other major work on this disc, Elegy in a Country Graveyard, grew out of the land and the community of Robertson, a village in the Southern Highlands of NSW. The graveyard, perched high on a hill and looking out for many miles in all directions, is for the locals a favourite place to sit, to reflect, and to remember, and their affectionate musings on the place and the people buried there, recorded by Ford and woven into the musical fabric, lie at the heart of a rich soundscape that blends past, present and future.

Duration: 73 min.

CD liner notes include program notes, lyrics and composer biography.

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