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Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

The Drowners : song cycle [eScore] / by Andrew Ford.

by Andrew Ford (2015)


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This sequence of songs began as a commission from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a single song for the baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes. 'A Dream of Drowning' was first performed by those forces, conducted by Paul Daniel, on 12 March 2010, but it seemed incomplete, as though it was only the start of something. So, I added five more songs to make the present work.

The Drowners was composed for Morgan Pearse to sing with two orchestras - Ruthless Jabiru in London, under their conductor Kelly Lovelady, and Camerata in Brisbane, under Brendan Joyce. The work was funded by a project grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (61p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 24 min.

Contents note:

1. A dream of drowning (text by Tim Winton) -- 2. On a friend's escape from drowning off the Norfolk Coast (text by George Baker) -- 3. Letter to a stranger (text by Georgiana Molloy) -- 4. Elegy for drowned children (text by Bruce Dawe) -- 5. Not drowning but waving (text by Stevie Smith) -- 6. Ariel's song (Full fathom five) / Shakespeare.

Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance by Morgan Pearse, Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady at Ruthless Jabiru and Morgan Pearse // The Drowners (King's College Chapel (London)) on 10 Mar 2018

Dedications: Song 1: dedicated to Marshall McGuire ; Song 2: to Tim Winton ; Song 3: to Nicholas Hasluck ; Song 4: to Morgan Pearse ; Song 5: to Kelly Lovelady ; Song 6: to the memory of John Amis.

'A Dream of Drowning' commissioned by West Australian Symphony Orchestra; the rest of The Drowners written for Morgan Pearse to sing with Ruthless Jabiru (London) and Camerata (Brisbane), funded by a project grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

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This edition produced 15 Feb 18.

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