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It is just the heart (soprano with string quartet)

by Katy Abbott (2006)

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Performance by Halcyon, Flinders Quartet from the CD Carmen vitae

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Work Overview

Each movement has been composed from the inspiration of visits to four museums/collections respectively: The Melbourne Museum (Children's museum), The Cunningham Dax Collection, Science Works (The Planetarium) and The Holocaust Museum.

I wanted to capture the 'human' element of each collection. Buildings holding a collection of paintings, artefacts, facts, museums may be viewed from a variety of angles. I like to think of these places as a depiction/ portrayal of our humanity. I have chosen the title to represent an emotional and human aspect of each institution.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Soprano, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Hinta Palinta -- II. Dinosaur -- III. It is just the heart -- IV. Night thoughts -- V. Hinta Palinta (reprise).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Igor, in memory of Ada. (Movement IV).

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.


Resonate article: Halcyon: Celebrating 10 Years by Benjamin Millar

Performances of this work

Jul 06: 'Star Clusters', Melbourne/Sydney July 2006.. Featuring Halcyon, Flinders Quartet.

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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.
A wonderfully quirky, poignant piece, each movement has a mood of its own, inspired by visits to four museums/collections. There's plenty to enjoy vocally, from the angular, hectic Dinosaur to the simple, folky Hinta Palinta. The unbearably beautiful top C bringing Night Thoughts to a close is one of the best in the repertoire if approached with care.
Alison Morgan