Sprig of thyme : voice with guitar
by Percy Grainger (, this version: 1920)
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Twenty-one Lincolnshire folk-songs / from the manuscript collection of Percy Grainger ; selected and edited by Patrick O'Shaughnessy.
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Year: , this version: 1920
Instrumentation: Voice, guitar.
Duration: 2 min.
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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.
The first solo song I learnt by an Australian composer was Percy Grainger’s setting of ‘The Sprig of Thyme’. My thirteen-year-old-self loved digging into the hearty melody while ‘shocking’ my audience (and myself) with the unpredictable rhythms. Learning to tell a story, while expressively manipulating timbre and dynamics at the same time as counting steadily enough to sing the rhythms was a useful exercise for me as a young singer. I don’t think I succeeded very well at the time, but it taught me skills that would become invaluable later on.Jessica Aszodi