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Melancholy duty

Sheet Music: Score

Melancholy duty : for SATB choir, chamber ensemble and pre-recorded sound / Robert Davidson.

by Robert Davidson (2015)


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Performance of this work requires a CD guide and backing audio that is available from the AMC

The famous speech by Prime Minister Robert Menzies, in which he announces to the nation that Australia is at war with Germany, is heard with accompaniment by the choir and ensemble that is designed to enhance perception of the melody in Menzies' spoken words. Emphasising the melancholy aspect of the speech, the accompaniment is in the form of a descending ground bass. The sense of doom and depression, with some glimpses of hope, is apparent in the music.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (61p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Difficult rhythms derived from speech

Duration: 5 min.

First performance by The Australian Voices, Topology — 29 Jul 15. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Speech melody

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720169-72-9

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