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This kind of life

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

This kind of life : a culinary correspondence [eScore] / Elliott Gyger ; text from letters (1952-1954) between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.

by Elliott Gyger (2018)


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A setting of correspondence between celebrated American chef Julia Child and her friend Avis DeVoto, dating from the 1950s. Initially, each singer is supported by two instruments: mezzo-soprano (Julia) by harp and cello, soprano (Avis) by clarinet and piano. As the work progresses, however, the ensembles blend and vocal lines overlap, reflecting a developing friendship.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (103p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 28 mins

Contents note:

I. Edge-proof -- II. In my dreams -- III. Mrs Child's Cooking School -- IV. Sea Air -- V. Intelligent American opinion -- VI. Wildly excited -- VII. A Great Gourmande -- VIII. National sport -- IX. ...or something -- X. What a mess -- XI. This kind of life -- XII. Absolutely delicious -- XIII. What to do -- XIV. The great encounter -- XV. Postlude.

Dedication note: for Reg Holloway
Commission info: Commissioned by Ian Dickson

First performance by Halcyon at Halcyon: This Kind of Life (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 21 Jul 2018

Includes performance notes and copy of full text.

Text from letters (1952-1954) between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.

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