Sheet Music: Score
The Day of Death and Dreams : for tenor and piano / music: Colin Spiers ; text: Patrick White.
by Colin Spiers (1989)
This work (the composer's favourite) was written for the Brisbane tenor Gregory Massingham to whom it is dedicated. It exploits this fine singer's wide and flexible expressive range, which manifested itself in a career notable for mastery of an eclectic repertoire embracing lieder, English art song and opera.
The text is drawn from the final chapter of Patrick White's 1955 masterpiece "The Tree of Man", which is notable for the striking manner in which the author is able to provide powerful insights into his characters lives using seemingly plain, yet very subtle and poetic language. The final chapter is very striking, with its use of the image of the harsh Australian bush in general and of trees in particular as metaphors for death, life and creativity.
The music attempts to match these by combining harsh and dramatic chordal textures and declaimed recitative with more delicate lyrical and ecstatic writing in the genre of a solo cantata characterised by many shifting yet interlinked sections.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (46p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — requires great flexibility of expression from both performers.
Duration: 19 min.
Dedicated to Gregory Massingham
This edition produced Jul 20.
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