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Learning to howl : a song cycle for soprano, soprano saxophone/clarinet/bass clarinet, harp & percussion

by Andrew Ford (2001)

Audio Sample

Performance by Margery Smith, Belinda Montgomery, Daryl Pratt, Marshall McGuire from the CD Learning to howl ; The unquiet grave ; Snatches of old lauds ; Boatsong

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Learning to howl


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Learning to howl / music by Andrew Ford.

Library shelf no. CD 2446 [Not for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Soprano, soprano saxophone/clarinet/bass clarinet, harp, percussion.

Duration: 40 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. When I was a child -- 2. My friends, my dearest friends -- 3. I'm Nobody! -- 4. I do not expect... -- 5. My heart is like a singing bird -- 6. If my lover came now -- 7. ...take up your harp -- 8. Up the sharp elbowing path -- 9. I grieve and dare not -- 10. Riches I hold in light esteem -- 11. Once I saw a small girl picking flowers -- 12. The Punch and Judy Man -- 13. Fireflies pass across jewelled windows -- 14. May you sleep -- 15. This old woman -- 16. But now, dear friends...

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jane Edwards

First performance: by Belinda Montgomery, Margery Smith, Marshall McGuire, Daryl Pratt — 9 Mar 03. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney.

Texts from Lorrie Moore, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, 'The Kanteletar', Ian Munro, Emily Brontë, Queen Elizabeth I, Ann Timoney Jenkin, Wang Wei, and Elizabeth Smart.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2004 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Winner Andrew Ford
2004 Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer Winner Andrew Ford


Performances of this work

2 May 2009: at Our own composers (Kangaroo Valley Hall). Featuring Merlyn Quaife, Margery Smith, Marshall McGuire, Daryl Pratt.

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