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Spring Songs : Four songs for soprano and piano

by Anne Cawrse (2017)

Audio Sample

Performance by Kate Macfarlane, Michael Ierace from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 123.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 123.

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CD

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 123.

Library shelf no. CD 3151 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This little collection of four short songs sets lyrical texts by American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). 'Paris In Spring' was originally part of a longer work of mine for Soprano and Baroque ensemble. This arrangement is much more portable, and gives opportunity for the dust to be blown off a part of a score that, in my own estimation, has always been pretty good. 'The Look' is a poem I had read many times before and wondered about setting- an upcoming Firm concert was as good an opportunity to do so as any. The text is pithy and honest; so to, I hope, the music. 'Spring Torrents' borrows its piano accompaniment line from a gorgeous song by Samuel Barber which I stumbled across accidentally, but to my utter delight. I intend to 'borrow' elements of the melodic line of the same song in another work one day. 'Nightfall' was composed in around 2 hours as an exercise in seeing what happens when I don't think about things too much. My conclusion to this experiment is that thinking has its place, but sometimes a simple song needs the directness that instinct can provide.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Contents note: I. Paris in Spring -- II. The Look -- III. Spring Torrents -- IV. Nightfall.

First performance: by Kate Macfarlane, Michael Ierace — 6 Nov 17. Firm New Music, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide

Performances of this work

6 Nov 17: Firm New Music, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide. Featuring Kate Macfarlane, Michael Ierace.

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