Sheet Music: Score
On Bunyah : tenor, string quartet, piano / music: Luke Styles ; text: Les Murray.
by Luke Styles (2018)
This new song cycle for tenor Mark Padmore (and the Britten Sinfonia in a chamber formation of string quartet and piano) sets a series of 10 poems by Australian poet Les Murray, from his most recent collection, On Bunyah.
The cycle charts a loose narrative and progression of themes, where the tenor can be identified as a 'poet farmer' character. This central figure gives voice to many aspects of Australia (the bush, land, kangaroos, fire, death, machinery and the 20th/21st Century) without sentimentality. The distinctive Australian flavour of this collection of poems embraces the similar experiences and challenges of other rural communities with the 'poet farmer' functioning as both a rural and modern day 'every-man'.
Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from G.Schirmer Australia) — 1 score (93p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 30 mins
1. The Kettle's Bubble-Making Floor -- 2. Being Spared the Inquest -- 3. The Grief -- 4. The Moon Man -- 5. The Iron Kitchens -- 6. The Sleepout 7. Worker Knowledge -- 8. The Forest Hit by Modern Use -- 9. From Machine Portraits -- 10. Cockspur Bush.
Commissioned by Britten Sinfonia.
Shortlisted for the 2019 Paul Lowin Prize. It received a high commendation.
This edition produced 8 Mar 19.
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