A bird sang in the jaws of night, : soprano with piano
by Steve Wood (1988)
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Library shelf no. 783.66542/WOO 1 [Available for loan]
A bird sang in the jaws of night, is an intimate little song for soprano or mezzo soprano and piano. It is a setting of fragments of letters sent to me by my then girlfriend and soon to be wife Catherine Riley while she was in London taking singing lessons from Emma Kirkby. I jumbled together phrases and later individual words to create a little musical portrait of that time in our lives. A piano version of it was played at our wedding by our good friend Greg Dixon. The title is a line from one of my favorurite poems by Kenneth Slessor, entitled 'The Old Play'.
Instrumentation: Soprano or mezzo soprano, piano.
Duration: 4 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Catherine Riley
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