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Bundjil Ngalingu (duos: 2 sopranos with chamber ensemble)

by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon (2019)

Bundjil Ngalingu


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Bundjil Ngalingu / Deborah Cheetham Fraillon.

Library shelf no. 783.126654/CHE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

For almost half of its existence, the Short Black Opera team has consisted of three core members; my partner in music and life Toni Lalich OAM, myself and Torres Strait Island singer/song wirter Jessica Hitchcock. 2019 was to mark Jess's final year in her part time role with SBO as in 2020 she would unleash her considerable talent on the world of independent music festivals. To mark this rite of passage I decided that I would compose a trio for the SBO team and so Bundjil Ngalingu came to be. Very early in the composition process I knew I wanted to include cello and so the trio became a quartet. For the first time in the Wominjeka Song Cycle series I also included a significant amount of English text to paint a picture of the traditional food source of the Boon Wurrung people - the yam daisy or Murnong. Once again Bundjil returns to guide us over the flowing waters and the golden fields of murnong. D.Cheetham

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: 2 Sopranos, cello. piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Suitable for singers with experience singing in languages other than English

Commission note: Commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in 2019 as the 5th work in the Wominjeka Song Cycle

Language pronunciation assistance available via Short Black Opera website. https://www.shortblackopera.org.au/contact


Performances of this work

14 Nov 19: MPavilion opening ceremony, Melbourne, VIC. Featuring Jessica Hitchcock, Deborah Cheetham Fraillon, Brigit Phillips, Toni Lalich.

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