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Foundling : from 'Four Songs from Grimm's'

by Luke Byrne (2017)

Work Overview

I became acquainted with Grimms' tales through reading The Singing Bones by the peerless Australian author and artist Shaun Tan. In his book, Shaun Tan does not simply illustrate or re-tell these rough, gruesome and enthralling stories, but creates a single clay sculpture for each story he chose, accompanied by a short excerpt of text. Together these capture an essence of each story.

The four stories that I have chosen may never be as famous as "Cinderella" or "Hansel & Gretel", but they are no less wonderful, especially the last one, "Foundling". I have taken my cue from Shaun Tan and aimed to capture an essence of each story: an atmosphere of foreboding, a repeated, simple plea from one child to another.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: SATB Choir (with divisi), piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by NSW Public Schools Singers, Elizabeth Scott — 2017. Sydney Opera House

Performances of this work

2017: Sydney Opera House. Featuring NSW Public Schools Singers, Elizabeth Scott.

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