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Statues : 5 songs for voice & piano

by Richard Charlton (2005)

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Performance by Wendy Dixon, David Miller from the CD Australian song cycles

Australian song cycles


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Australian song cycles : volume one / Wendy Dixon, David Miller

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Statues : song cycle, 5 songs for voice & piano / Richard Charlton

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Work Overview

Statues was composed especially for Wendy Dixon & David Miller and takes its text from a Kenneth Slessor poem called 'Realities'. Slessor meditates on the beauty of another dimension or 'reality' within some of the etchings of the artist Norman Lindsay. The 'image' is of statues coming to life, or maybe they have always been alive, behind our own reality? I also took as inspiration the beautiful setting of Norman Lindsay's own statues in the garden of his house at Springwood in the Blue Mountains. A place where on a warm sunny afternoon, time could very well stand still, and this whole other world exist!

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: Soprano voice, piano.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Medium — The piano part is at a more advanced level

Contents note: 1. The statues awake -- 2. Venus & Apollo -- 3. Flowers -- 4. The ghosts of flesh -- 5. Reality.

Written for: Wendy Dixon, David Miller

First performance: by Wendy Dixon, David Miller — 4 Dec 05. Crows Nest Performing Arts Centre, Sydney


Performances of this work

4 Dec 05: Crows Nest Performing Arts Centre, Sydney. Featuring Wendy Dixon, David Miller.

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