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The Singing Politician : SATB choir with chamber ensemble

by John Babbage, Robert Davidson and Gordon Hamilton (2015)

Also known as: Unrepresentative Swill

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

This is a collection of "voice portraits" of Australian Prime Ministers. Voice recordings, and sometimes written words, are accompanied by vocal and instrumental music, highlighting the inherent melodies in the speech. Subjects include Hughes, Scullin, Curtin, Menzies, Whitlam, Kerr, Fraser, Hawke, Keating, Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Noel Pearson.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: SATB choir, soprano/alto saxophone, violin, viola, double bass, piano, audio.

Duration: 58 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Synchronising with recorded speech

Contents note: "Nope nope nope" - Tony Abbott -- "Melancholy Duty" - Robert Menzies -- "The Dark Hour" -  Billy Hughes -- "One thing remains" - John Curtin -- "We will rise" - James Scullin -- "I lie sent men to ease" - Malcolm Fraser -- "The Dismissal" - Gough Whitlam -- "Remembrance Day" - Bob Hawke -- "The reward for public life" - Noel Pearson --"Persistence" - John Howard -- "We took the children" - Paul Keating -- "A stain on our soul" - Tony Abbott -- "We apologise" - Kevin Rudd -- "Not now, not ever" - Julia Gillard -- "Unrepresentative swill" (various).

Commission note: Commissioned by Queensland Music Festival.

First performance: by Topology, The Australian Voices, Adam Spencer at Unrepresentative Swill (QPAC Concert Hall) on 29 Jul 2015

All music by Robert Davidson, except:
Nope, nope, nope by Gordon Hamilton
The Dark Hour by Gordon Hamilton
I lie sent men to ease by John Babbage

Performances of this work

7 May 2017: at CIMF 2017: The Art of Speech (National Gallery of Australia).

29 Jul 2015: at Unrepresentative Swill (QPAC Concert Hall). Featuring Topology, The Australian Voices, Adam Spencer.

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