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Maranoa lullaby (quartets: 4 recorders)

by Peter Sculthorpe (1996, this version: 2007)

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Performance by Genevieve Lacey from the CD Weaver of fictions

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Maranoa lullaby : for solo cello / Peter Sculthorpe.

Version: This product features the Solo Cello version of this work

Library shelf no. 787.4/SCU 6 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

"Maranoa Lullaby was collected in the Maranoa district in Southern Queensland by Dr H O Lethbridge. An arrangement of it for voice and piano, by Arthur S Loam, was published by Allan & Co, Melbourne, in the 1930s. This was later made popular by the Aboriginal tenor Harold Blair. In 2007, his 1950 recording of it was chosen by the National Film and Sound Archive as one of its 'Sounds of Australia.'
When I was a student in Melbourne, in the 1940s, I made an orchestral arrangement of the lullaby. I have since used it in several works, notably Cello Dreaming, for solo cello and strings (1998) and my choral Requiem (2004)" -- P. Sculthorpe.

Work Details

Year: 1996, this version: 2007

Instrumentation: Descant, treble, tenor, bass, contrabass recorders.

Duration: 2 min.


Program note: Peter Sculthorpe's "Maranoa Lullaby"
by Peter Sculthorpe
Source: the score of this work


Performances of this work

19 Sep 2015: at Moorambilla Gala Concert (Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre). Featuring The Song Company.

15 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring The Song Company.

13 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Wollongong Town Hall). Featuring The Song Company.

10 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University). Featuring The Song Company.

9 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall). Featuring The Song Company.

7 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring The Song Company.

5 Aug 2012: at The Song Company: Sunken Dreams (Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture). Featuring The Song Company.

19 Jun 07: Parliament House, Canberra. Featuring David Pereira.

26 Nov 96: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Featuring Goldner String Quartet, Kirsti Harms.

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