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The Stubborn Heart : Song cycle for soprano and chamber orchestra

by George Palmer (2014)

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Work Overview

The Stubborn Heart consists of 6 songs, settings of 6 poems of Australian poet, Judith Wright, broadly tracing her journey through life, from a curious, cheeky and somewhat rebellious teenager, through motherhood, her relationship with the environment and, finally, acceptance of old age.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Soprano solo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, strings.

Duration: 22 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: Naked Girl and Mirror -- Woman to Man -- Egrets -- The Killer -- Sonnet -- Sonnet for Christmas.

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ars Musica Australis.. Commissioned by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Ars Musica Australis as part of the 101 Series commissioned by the Conservatorium to celebrate its centenary

First performance: by Rowena Cowley, SCM Modern Music Ensemble, Daryl Pratt — 6 Sep 14. Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Performances of this work

24 Sep 2023: at Festival of Art Song (Sydney Conservatorium of Music).

6 Sep 14: Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Rowena Cowley, SCM Modern Music Ensemble, Daryl Pratt.

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