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Snapshots : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble

by Betty Beath (2008)

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Performance by Southern Cross Soloists from the CD Smoke encrypted whispers

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Smoke encrypted whispers / Samuel Wagan Watson.

Library shelf no. CD 2412 [Available for loan]



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Work Overview

Snapshots was commissioned by The Southern Cross Soloists to reflect on Snapshots, a poem from a cycle of twenty-three poems titled Smoke Encrypted Whispers by Brisbane based writer Samuel Wagan Watson. The brief was to write a one hundred second interlude between the poem Snapshots and the concluding poem Aunty Grey Smoke. Snapshots was part of a collective work presented in the MUSIC AND WORDS series programmed and performed by the Southern Cross Soloists with readings of the poems by the poet. Twenty-three Brisbane composers were commissioned to write interludes between each of the twenty-three poems.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Oboe, clarinet in B flat, horn in F, bassoon, percussion (1 player, Aboriginal sticks), voice (vocalise in part of the work only), piano.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grade 8

Commission note: Commissioned by Southern Cross Soloists.. Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series

First performance: by Southern Cross Soloists — Nov 08. State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

Influenced by the images Samuel Wagan Watson draws in his text 'Snapshots', a poem extracted from his book Smoke Encrypted Whispers.


Performances of this work

Nov 08: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane. Featuring Southern Cross Soloists.

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