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Art and life : a song cycle for high female voice and piano

by Linda Kouvaras (1999)

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Performance by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal from the CD Repose

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Work Overview

Art and Life is a song cycle which traces the life of a woman in her early adulthood. She meets an Artist, sits for him, and they fall in love. The first song describes the sitting. They have a child; she sings a lullaby to the sleeping baby. By the third song, the woman's relationship with the Artist, the father of her child, has soured; he abuses her. In the following song, her militancy (the survival instinct mentioned in the first poem) burgeons; her "resourcefulness", explored in the third, has found a new level - and in the fifth song she has been imprisoned for her "commendable bravery". In the last, in her incarceration, she sings a distant lullaby to her child.

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: Soprano voice, piano.

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Sleeping girl [4:10]-- II. Lullaby for Kyle [2:30]-- III. Woman's predicament [6:00]-- IV. Party lines and deaf ears [1:50]-- V. Art & life [6:50]-- VI. Distant lullaby [2:25].

Commission note: Commissioned by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal.. Commissioned by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal.

First performance: by Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal — Aug 01. Wintyre Gallery, Victoria

Texts by: Diane Fahey (Sleeping girl, Lullaby for Kyle) ; Bronwen Bartel (Woman's predicament, Party lines and deaf ears) ; Linda Kouvaras (Art and life, Distant lullaby).

The composer notes the following about the style of this work: Tonal

'Distant lullaby' was commissioned by Linda Thompson (soprano) and Deviani Segal (piano)

The music for 'Woman's predicament' and 'Party lines and deaf ears' was written during a composer-in-residence stay in January, 1999, at Bundanon [NSW], the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd estate bequeathed to the nation


Performances of this work

14 Mar 2010: at A celebration of Australian Women composers (St Mary's Kangaroo Point (Brisbane)). Featuring Zoe Taylor, Elizabeth Green.

7 Mar 2010: at A celebration of Australian Women composers (Chapter Hall, St Mary's Cathedral (Sydney)). Featuring Zoe Taylor, Elizabeth Green.

Sep 03: Musica Intima: 'Art & Life, a recital of original songs & solo piano works by Linda Kouvaras', Rechabite Hall, Northcote, Melbourne. Featuring Vivien Hamilton, Linda Kouvaras.

Aug 01: Wintyre Gallery, Victoria. Featuring Linda Thompson, Deviani Segal.

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