The domestic sublime : song-cycle for soprano and piano
by Katy Abbott (2011)
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Shaving, coat-hangers and changing sheets; all part of the repetitive, yet comforting domestic rituals familiar to everyone's day yet so entrenched and considered so unremarkable, they are rarely acknowledged in conversation. It may seem odd to compose a work on such subjects, but the poinancy of the text shines strongly and the subject matter strikes a chord with many. Why not spend a few minutes acknowledging these mundane, yet essential day-to-day activities, common to all of us, and perhaps even ponder any deeper significance?
Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.
Duration: 25 min.
This work is in two parts. Part I was co-commissioned by Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Ars Musica Australis for Dr Rowena Cowley and David Miller. The commission was part of the Sydney Conservatorium 101 Commissions which celebrate the centenary of the institution. Part II was composed for Greta Bradman (soprano) and Leigh Harrold (piano) and was recorded by them in 2012.
Awards & Prizes
|2013||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral||Finalist||Katy Abbott|
Resonate article: Asian Composers League Festival 2013 - Australian works by Australian Music Centre
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
Performances of this work
2 Jun 12: Sydney Grammar School. Featuring Halcyon.
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My favourite Australian art song repertoire
Posted by Australian Music Centre on 15 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.
Stylistically flexible, good use of poetic possibilities, well contrasted songs with good pianistic writing. Advanced musical and technical challenges.