The face of nature : for soprano and ensemble
by Elliott Gyger (2009)
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Face of nature : for soprano and ensemble / by Elliott Gyger ; text from 'The Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin
Library shelf no. 783.66542/GYG 1 [Available for loan]
The opening movement of The Origin Cycle, setting words from Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. When the natural world is viewed at a distance, it appears orderly, bountiful and even harmonious; but this order and balance is the composite result of countless acts of violence and destruction - like a "yielding surface, with ten thousand sharp wedges packed close together". My musical setting attempts to create an analogous musical metaphor, in a texture which appears to shift perspective between sonorous lushness and percussive, pointillist fragmentation.
Instrumentation: Soprano, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion (1 player), harp, violin, viola, cello.
Duration: 8 min.
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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.
An exquisite realisation of a fragment of Charles Darwin's text. A thrill to sing, with some deliciously fun birdsong-like passages, and more percussive vocal activity as the perspective shifts in the second half of the piece.