Login

Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.

Work

The Drowners : song cycle

by Andrew Ford (2015)

Drowners

$69.09

Add to cart

Score

The Drowners : song cycle / by Andrew Ford.

Library shelf no. 783.88547/FOR 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This sequence of songs began as a commission from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a single song for the baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes. 'A Dream of Drowning' was first performed by those forces, conducted by Paul Daniel, on 12 March 2010, but it seemed incomplete, as though it was only the start of something. So, I added five more songs to make the present work.

The Drowners was composed for Morgan Pearse to sing with two orchestras - Ruthless Jabiru in London, under their conductor Kelly Lovelady, and Camerata in Brisbane, under Brendan Joyce. The work was funded by a project grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Baritone voice, percussion, harmonium, celesta, harp, strings.

Duration: 24 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. A dream of drowning (text by Tim Winton) -- 2. On a friend's escape from drowning off the Norfolk Coast (text by George Baker) -- 3. Letter to a stranger (text by Georgiana Molloy) -- 4. Elegy for drowned children (text by Bruce Dawe) -- 5. Not drowning but waving (text by Stevie Smith) -- 6. Ariel's song (Full fathom five) / Shakespeare.

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Morgan Pearse, Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady at Ruthless Jabiru and Morgan Pearse // The Drowners (King's College Chapel (London)) on 10 Mar 2018

'A Dream of Drowning' commissioned by West Australian Symphony Orchestra; the rest of The Drowners written for Morgan Pearse to sing with Ruthless Jabiru (London) and Camerata (Brisbane), funded by a project grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Dedications: Song 1: dedicated to Marshall McGuire ; Song 2: to Tim Winton ; Song 3: to Nicholas Hasluck ; Song 4: to Morgan Pearse ; Song 5: to Kelly Lovelady ; Song 6: to the memory of John Amis.

Analysis

Resonate article: The Drowners by Andrew Ford

Subjects

Performances of this work

10 Mar 2018: at Ruthless Jabiru and Morgan Pearse // The Drowners (King's College Chapel (London)). Featuring Morgan Pearse, Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady.

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this work.

To post a comment please login.