Song of Estrella : Variation on Carl Linger's famous tune
by Becky Llewellyn (1990)
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Performance by Helen Quach from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 113.
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Song of Estrella is a light-hearted encore piece incorporating many popular tunes, origianlly devised for string sextet. "Estrella', the Spanish word for 'star' is played by a solo violinist in mock virtuouso tradition, as this country, in any language, is a 'star'. Written by a composer who moved from the US and has chosen Australia as her home, delighted by the linguistic and humorous take-offs found here. The lyrics to this piece were written by Mrs Caroline Carleton, the doctor's wife, who won the Gawler Institue prize in 1859 for the best song which was then set by Carl Linger.
Instrumentation: Violin soloist, string orchestra or string sextet.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Amateur - orchestra; professional - soloist.
Dedication note: "Dedicated to the woman who wrote the lyrics after seeing the competition notice in the Gawler Institute Hall, The Doctor's wife".
Commission note: Commissioned by ACME New Music Co., for 1st Composing Women's Festival.
First performance: by Helen Quach — 21 Sep 91. Festival Orchestra, Elder Hall, Adelaide Conservatorium of Music
Musical satire on nationalistic music.
Performances of this work
21 Sep 91: Festival Orchestra, Elder Hall, Adelaide Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Helen Quach.
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