Still Night : Music in Poetry
by Andrea Keller (2016)
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A song cycle centered on poetry, based on omnipresent sentiments
of death, grief and loss. The text has been drawn from a
selection of poetry that spans centuries and the globe, including
tenth-century Japanese poet Izumi Shikibu, nineteenth-century
English poet John Keats, American writer Walt Whitman, Irish poet
William Butler Yeats, French novelist Marcel Proust, American
poet Sara Teasdale, and further into the twentieth-century with
American writer e. e. cummings, Welsh poet and writer Dylan
Thomas, to contemporary Australian poet, dancer and filmmaker
Richard James Allen.
"Meditating on a beautiful expression of sadness can help to provide a thoroughly uplifting sense of consolation". [Robert White from the liner notes of John Dowland's 'In Darkness Let Me Dwell'].
Instrumentation: Male & female voice, tenor saxophone/bass clarinet, guitar (acoustic & electric), piano.
Duration: 55 min.
Contents note: 1. Listen listen (text by Izumi Shikibu) -- 2. finis (text by e e cummings) -- 3. When I have fears that I may cease to be (text by John Keats) -- 4. So tired of having suffered (text by Proust) -- 5. Where my books go (text by W.B. Yeats) -- 6. Do not go gentle into that good night (text by Dylan Thomas) -- 7. Listen (instrumental reprise) -- 8. The night (text by Richard James Allan) -- 9. Darest thou now O soul (text by Walt Whitman) -- 10. If death is kind (text by Sara Teasdale) -- 11. i am a little church (text by e e cummings).
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Awards & Prizes
|2017||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Jazz||Finalist||Andrea Keller|
Resonate article: 2017 Art Music Awards finalists: comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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