Hidden Thoughts II: Return To Sender : for mezzo-soprano, narrator and string quartet
by Katy Abbott (2020)
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The text for this work uses excerpts of letters. These letters were written by ordinary Australians in response to a call by Julian Burnside QC to write letters of support and encouragement to seekers of asylum on Nauru and Manus Islands. 2000 letters were sent and all but three were returned to sender; unopened and undelivered. The work illuminates the voice of Australia through these powerful and ordinary sentiments.
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, narrator, 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 57 min.
Dedication note: "For Maureen"
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.. This work was composed for Flinders Quartet for their 20th Birthday and was composed as part of an Australia Council of the Arts Fellowship (music)
Text compiled by Katy Abbott and Maureen Johnson.
Awards & Prizes
|Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Chamber Music
Resonate article: Return to Sender by Anni Heino
- Has as subject/About: Social Justice
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