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Diapsalmata : Portrait of a Self

by Kym Alexandra Dillon (2022)

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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

A song cycle comprising settings of fragments found in the opening portion of Søren Kierkegaard's book 'Either/Or', a chapter given the cryptic title of 'Diapsalmata'.

These settings are variously cynical, melancholic and darkly comedic, and are intersected by spoken sections of Kierkegaard's later work 'The Sickness unto Death', with the piece as a whole weaving a narrative of Dillon's own past struggles with identity, and the journey towards gaining her 'self'.

The English translation of Kierkegaard's texts are by Alastair Hannay.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Duration: 41 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Prologue to Part I -- Ia. I can't be bothered --Ib. I think I have the courage --Ic. One should be an enigma -- Prologue to Part II -- IIa. That's what I saw, and I laughed -- IIb. A fire broke out -- IIc. What if laughter were really tears? --Prologue to Part III -- IIIa. What I need is a voice -- IIIb. What am I good for? -- IIIc. Echo -- Prologue to Part IV -- IV. Epilogue.

First performance: by Stephen Marsh, Kym Alexandra Dillon at Diapsalmata (St Stephen's Anglican Church, Richmond) on 30 Apr 2022

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2023 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Large Ensemble Finalist Kym Alexandra Dillon

Performances of this work

30 Apr 2022: at Diapsalmata (St Stephen's Anglican Church, Richmond). Featuring Stephen Marsh, Kym Alexandra Dillon.

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