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Sheet Music: Score

Riddles / Betty Beath and David Cox.

by Betty Beath and David Cox (1974)


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The Cry is a setting of a poem by Japanese poet Kajima Shozo trnaslated by Jarry and Lyn Guest. I originally set the work for solo voice and chamber orchestra: the first in a cycle of four songs under the title Riddles (1974).

The following is an excerpt from the poem which I found very appealing:

"Once in the grass there lived a nervous insect, the tiniest creature in the whole wide world. H'd been afraid of the wind all his life and so, to get away from it, he dug a hole, sweating and panting. It took a year to do...."

I revised this work for medium range solo voice and piano in 2005 and believe it can well stand alone as a solo song for either female or male voice.

I selected the poem (in 1974) from a Penguin Books publication Post-war Japanese Poetry and was granted permission to set the text by both the publisher and the poet Kajima Shozo.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (36p. -- B4 (portrait))

Duration: 9 min.

Contents note:

The cry / words by Amano Tadashi ; In an English garden - In Spanish mountains - In the Carnarvon Ranges / words by David Cox.

Dedicated to Janet Delpratt, Josef Aronoff

Commission info: The work was commissioned by the International Society of Contemporary Music for a concert of new works - 'Composers' Workshop' - 27th September, 1975.

First performance by Gregory Massingham, Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Josef Aronoff — 9 Aug 74. Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Mayne Hall, University of Queensland

With programme of World Premiere.

The Cry text is a poem from 'Post-war Japanese poetry'.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

Related products

This work is also available in the following products:

Score: The cry / [music by] Betty Beath ; [words by] Tadashi Amano.

Score: Riddles / by Betty Beath and David Cox.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Chamber orchestra with solo voice(s)
- Vocal duos
- Mezzo-Soprano with piano


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