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Flying : 'June' from the 'All Leunig Almanac'

by Katy Abbott (2015)



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Flying : for SSATTB voices / Katy Abbott ; text: Michael Leunig.

Library shelf no. 783.165542/ABB 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work was composed for the all-Leunig Song Almanac as part of The Song Company NSW Tour in 2015. 12 composers writing 1 short work each to make up a calendar using text by Michael Leunig.

Flying is based on the month of June and began with the idea of cosiness. In searching through Michael Leunig's text for suitable words to set, I came across a newspaper opinion article by Leunig for The Age in 2008 titled Pillow Talk from the Dreamtime. Although not poetry, the words are immensely singable and this piece, Flying, comes from a small amount of words and sentiment in this article.

It is the idea of childhood daydreaming that resonates; the cosiness and safety of bed allows the imagination to soar and fly.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: SSATBarB voices.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: This work is commissioned by the family of Robert and Tania Black; in memory of Dorrit Black, painter and printmaker

First performance: by The Song Company, Roland Peelman at The all-Leunig Song Almanac (Blackheath Uniting Church) on 31 Oct 2015

First performed by the Song Company, NSW & ACT Tour, 2015 (October / November 2015)

Performances of this work

31 Oct 2015: at The all-Leunig Song Almanac (Blackheath Uniting Church). Featuring The Song Company, Roland Peelman.

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