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Hommage à Kurtág : for female voice and piano

by James Cuddeford (2007)

Hommage à Kurtág

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Hommage à Kurtág : for female voice and piano / James Cuddeford.

Library shelf no. 783.6542/CUD 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Hommage à Kurtág is a tribute to my teacher and the text alternates the phonemes of his name with haiku by Bashō. However, only one haiku is sung complete (three lines); the remaining two are progressively fragmented (two and one line respectively). There are obvious parallels in brevity, intensity and density between Bashō and Kurtág, and the composer would inspire one in his teaching with seemingly paradoxical and impossible challenges, much like a zen master does with kōans.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Female voice, piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Written for the Firm 2007 Concert Series, Adelaide.

First performance: by Greta Bradman, Leigh Harrold — 3 Sep 07. Firm Concert Series, Pilgrim Church Adelaide SA

Performances of this work

3 Sep 07: Firm Concert Series, Pilgrim Church Adelaide SA. Featuring Greta Bradman, Leigh Harrold.

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