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Blue murder (alto with piano)

by Amanda Handel (1989)

Audio Sample

Performance by Amanda Handel, Rosa Shiels from the CD Blue murder

Blue murder


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Blue murder / Amanda Handel.

Library shelf no. CD 1553 [Available for loan]

Blue murder


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Blue murder : a song / by Amanda Handel ; words by Archbishop Dom Helder Camara.

Library shelf no. 783.2542/HAN 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The song has a bluesy feel with a definite twist of irony. It's all about who is getting away with blue murder and how. The music suits a blues or jazz singer - can be male or female .

Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: Low alto voice and piano and voice.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Advanced student/professional

Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of the victims [of actions by multi-national companies in Brazil in the late 20th century].

The lyrics are the actual words delivered in a speech by Dom. Helder Camara who was the Archbishop of Brazil in the 1980's. The title is the composer's.

Suits a blues style singer and chest voice.

Performances of this work

1989: Avalon Amnesty International Benefit Concert, Sydney. Featuring Rosa Shiels, Amanda Handel.

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