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Whales weep not! (satb choir with percussion)

by Becky Llewellyn (1995)

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Performance by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin, Ryszard Pusz from the CD Milerum's basket

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Library shelf no. CD 956 [Available for loan]

Whales weep not!


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Work Overview

Southern right whales have been quietly and wonderfully returning to Australian shores. These giant creatures bring us back to our mammalian roots, the warm-blooded milky world of our beginnings. In this piece, I have tried to evoke a dreamy half-remembered world using D.H. Lawrence's poem of the same name, where the boundaries between human and whale sounds is ambiguous as are the voices and marimba and crotales, all intermingling.

Work Details

Year: 1995

Instrumentation: SATB choir, marimba, crotales.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: to Brenton Langbein, director of the Barossa Music Festival.

Commission note: Commissioned by Carl Crossin.. Carl Crossin, Director, Adelaide Chamber Singers.

First performance: by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin, Ryszard Pusz — Oct 95. Peter Lehmann Winery Wool Shed - Tandunda Barossa Valley, South Australia

Winner of 1996 Sounds Australian Award, State Award South Australia for Best Composition by an Australian Composer Track 14 of Move Records release: Milerum's Basket - music by Becky Llewellyn.


Performances of this work

31 May 2019: at Elder Conservatorium Series (Elder Hall). Featuring Carl Crossin, Ryszard Pusz, Elder Conservatorium Chorale.

11 May 96: Cabra Dominican College Chapel, Adelaide. Featuring Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin, Ryszard Pusz.

Oct 95: Peter Lehmann Winery Wool Shed - Tandunda Barossa Valley, South Australia. Featuring Ryszard Pusz, Carl Crossin, Adelaide Chamber Singers.

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