Willow songs : six poems of Anne Stevenson
by Andrew Ford (2009)
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Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto flute/piccolo, clarinet in A/bass clarinet, percussion (1 player), piano.
Duration: 20 min.
Dedication note: For Alison and Jenny
Awards & Prizes
|2013||Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize||Highly Commended||Andrew Ford|
Resonate article: 2013 Lowin Prize winners: Elliott Gyger and Nigel Westlake by Australian Music Centre
Resonate article: Paul Lowin Prizes 2013 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre
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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.
Willow Songs provides a richly nuanced portrait of different stages in a woman’s life with elegantly contemporary poems by Anne Stevenson. A through-composed song cycle, though divided into seven distinct poems, it features solos for both voices as well as duo sections. The unusual instrumentation provides wonderfully rich accompanying colours which cleverly reflect the changing moods of the poems – at times brash, wild, naïve or nostalgic. While the soprano range is not wide, the mezzo needs a solid top and a strong lower register with numerous low Es and a few bottom Ds in the final movement.