Dust on a butterfly's wing : song cycle
by Richard Charlton (1993)
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The texts for the song cycle Dust on a Butterfly's Wing were selected from seven poems by the Australian poet Minnie Agnes Filson, better known as 'Rickety Kate'. Born in 1898 this remarkable Australian woman was an accomplished pianist, singer and dancer until she was struck down by rheumatoid arthritis early in her life. Yet her creativity continued in poetry. 'Rickety Kate' died in 1971 and it was her daughter-in-law Edda Filson who first introduced me to her work. She is mainly remembered to for her collection "Rhymes & Whimsies".
Instrumentation: Voice (mezzo-soprano), guitar.
Duration: 15 min.
Contents note: Wind -- Challenge -- Bounty -- Wild flowers -- Moon-track -- Affinity -- Victors.
Dedication note: For Edda Filson
Commission note: Commissioned for the 20th anniversary of Sydney radio station 2MBS-FM, for whom Edda Filson then worked as programmer and announcer
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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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
Song 7 Victors This song comes in two versions, the original for voice and guitar and a reworked version for voice and piano. I love the mixture of recitative like sections and lyric tunes. There are some very special chord changes. The vocal part is basically triadic, many rising fourths and fifths, the range is just under an octave (E4-D#5) so it is accessible for a wide range of singers ranging from mid-adolescents to the mature aged.