The Drowners : song cycle
by Andrew Ford (2015)
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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.
Instrumentation: Baritone voice, percussion, harmonium, celesta, harp, strings.
Duration: 24 min.
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.
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.
'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.
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