Mallee in October : from The Mallee sings
by Becky Llewellyn (1993)
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Mallee in October : from 'The Mallee sings' for SATB choir, piano and clarinet in A / music: Becky Llewellyn ; words: Flexmore Hudson.
Library shelf no. 782.5542/LLE 2 [Available for loan]
Mallee in October is a song of joy in life. It begins with the clarinet as birdsong, loosely based on recordings of birds found in the mallee of South Australia and Victoria. The birdsong continues as the choir joins in singing words from the poem by Flexmore Hudson of spring in the mallee, October in the southern hemisphere. The song exudes a childlike joy in discovering tadpoles, plants with dew, birds learning to fly, tottery lambs and precarious birds nests. The jaunty piece pauses in its discoveries only for the clarinet to imitate a little bird trying to fly, then resumes its choral pleasure in the delights of a mallee spring day as the sun unfolds.
Instrumentation: SATB choir, piano, clarinet in A.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Medium — professional clarinetist required
Commission note: Commissioned by Russell Larkin.. Russell Larkin, Conductor, Adelaide Chorus
- Has as subject/About: Birdsong
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