Mother and child
by Wendy Hiscocks (2000)
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These four songs, composed over late 1999 and New Year 2000, can be accompanied by either clarinet and piano or clarinet and string orchestra (the clarinet part is the same in each case). An alternative piano accompaniment exists for occasions where no clarinet is available. The poems, from Rabindranath Tagore's collection The Crescent Moon, doubtless reflect life experiences, especially The Champa Flower where one can imagine Rabindranath himself at play as a child (the poem refers to an Indian fairy tale in which children have been transformed into champa flowers). Having grown up in a cultured family, Tagore greatly enjoyed the frequent evenings of household storytelling when he was a child. Benediction has the poet speaking to the new mother; in My Song the mother sings to the child; and the last two are the child speaking or singing to the mother (with some dialogue at the end of The Champa Flower). The End is a beautiful and moving poem which retains its tenderness and dignity in the tragic face of infant mortality, a topic Tagore knew well from experience. Benediction is almost in a fast 4, the quavers providing the scherzetto; The End conversely swings gently in 2, without heaviness.
Duration: 14 min.
Text is from Rabindranath Tagore's collection The Crescent Moon.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
Performances of this work
25 Oct 2019: at Celebrating Australian Music: Music from the Pacific (St George's, Hanover Square (London, UK)).
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