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Maninya I

by Ross Edwards (1981)

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This sample is from the Countertenor with cello version of this work

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Performance by Hartley Newnham, Nicholas Routley from the CD hermit of green light.

This sample is of the Countertenor with cello version of this work

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- Countertenor with cello

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Score & Part

Maninya I : for voice & cello / Ross Edwards

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Work Details

Year: 1981

Duration: 10 min.


Ross Edwards on Maninya I and text setting - In conversation with...

In this series we talk with composers about their craft, their process, their influences, and of course their approach to vocal writing. Built on long working relationships, the conversations have an ease of familiarity but also provide useful insights into each composer’s work, their relationship with Halcyon and the pieces that they have written for the ensemble. Ross Edwards is celebrating his 75th birthday in 2018. In association with the Australian Music Centre.


Performances of this work

Unknown date: featuring Susan Blake, Petra String Quartet, Hartley Newnham.

31 Aug 2019: at Extended Play (City Recital Hall). Featuring Halcyon.

6 May 2018: at Valley Spirit (Kangaroo Valley Hall). Featuring Tobias Cole, David Pereira.

2 Aug 2015: at Cushion Concert at CHIME (CHIME Music College). Featuring Ben Hoadley, Wendy Dixon.

13 Jun 2015: at A Rhythm that Dances (Recital Hall East). Featuring Jenny Duck-Chong, Geoffrey Gartner.

18 Feb 2014: at Halcyon (Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School (Ashfield)). Featuring Halcyon.

16 May 2011: at Where the Heart Is (Melba Hall). Featuring Halcyon.

13 Sep 2010: at Where the Heart Is.. a celebration of homegrown music (Carriageworks). Featuring Halcyon.

7 Sep 2010: at Where the Heart Is.. a celebration of homegrown music (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Halcyon.

1981: Ballarat Art Gallery. Featuring Hartley Newnham, Susan Blake.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
The Maninya settings (I for voice and cello, V & VI for voice and piano) are wonderful for a lower voice with a good rhythmic sense.  His new song cycle Five Senses, on poetry of Judith Wright I hope too will become a classic.
Jenny Duck-Chong

The distinctive rhythmic and melodic world explored for the first time in this work went on to became important in a number of Edwards’s compositions, so it is highly recommended that advanced students get inside this major work by this major Australian composer. Made up primarily of a series of fast, short, repeated and varied motifs, and an invented language inspired by environmental sounds, the work requires solid work to learn the rhythmic and melodic patterns and new vocabulary, but is well worth the effort. The singer needs to work closely with the cellist to achieve the tight ensemble, rhythmic accuracy, stamina, and total security with the form of this extended piece, that are required for a successful performance. Once learnt, this piece can provide a haunting, exhilarating highlight in a program. There is an excellent recording by the singer who premiered the work (Hartley Newnham) on the CD Hermit of Green Light.
Jeannie Marsh