The Maroubra song cycle (female voice with piano)
by Stephen Lalor (1990)
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The Maroubra song cycle : for female voice and piano / music by Stephen Lalor ; lyrics by Libby Hathorn.
Library shelf no. 783.6547/LAL 1 [Available for loan]
Libby Hathorn's lyrics evoke bitter-sweet memories of a sun-drenched life in the post-WWII beachside suburb of Maroubra in Sydney. Stephen Lalor's music sets these words in a series of vignettes ranging from hypnotic ballds to quasi-Klezmer episodes and atmospheric, operatic settings.
Instrumentation: Female voice, piano.
Duration: 28 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — student - professional
Contents note: Behind Hydrangea -- Stories Grandmothers Tell -- Childhood Friend -- Mr Heller and Son -- In His Arms -- They Who Knew Its Balm -- The Blue Dress -- Remembrance of Things Past.
Commission note: Commissioned by University of Technology, Sydney for Drama Dept, UTS Lindfield
First performance: 31 May 90. Greenhalgh Auditorium, University of Technology Sydney, Kuring-gai Campus
Childhood friend written in 1989 and is an arrangement of a song originally for soprano and 2 altos with piano; the score for this movement includes guitar chords. The other songs were written in 1990.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
Performances of this work
2000: Queensland Ballet Gala
1991: Melbourne Writers Festival
31 May 90: Greenhalgh Auditorium, University of Technology Sydney, Kuring-gai Campus
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