by Rosalind Page (2001)
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Instrumentation: Soprano, piano, harp, celeste (doubling Nord Lead 3 synthesiser, optional), violoncello.
Duration: 23 min.
Performances of this work
18 Jan 2015: at Sine & Syrinx (St Bede's Anglican Church, Drummoyne).
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My favourite Australian art song repertoire
Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 July, 2013
The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
A tone poem of 7 songs with 2 instrumental intermezzi, with poetry by Hrafn Andres Hardarson evokes, in the composer's words, "an ornithological cosmos, filled with the symbolism of flight". Singing the work is rather like following the flight path of a high-soaring bird as it swoops, glides and plunges its way through the skies of Iceland, resting only to contemplate the view. The cycle is definitely for a high soprano with a facility for acrobatic movement and nerves of steel. The music is at times ominous, then delicious and every line is beautifully woven to suit the instrument.