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Nine lives : a song cycle about cats

by Roger Smalley (2007)

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Performance by Taryn Fiebig, Scott Davie from the CD Roger Smalley

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Roger Smalley : Piano, Vocal and Chamber Music.

Library shelf no. CD 3073 [Not for loan]

Nine lives


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Nine lives : for soprano and piano / music by Roger Smalley.

Library shelf no. 783.66547/SMA 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Text is poems by Laurence Housman, Oscar Wilde, Robert Balas, Christina Rossetti, William Brighty Rands, Katherine Pyle, David Morton, Isobel Gowdie, and Oliver Herford.


Performances of this work

30 Apr 2018: at CIMF18: From the Letter to the Law (Various venues in Canberra). Featuring Kate Howden, Roland Peelman.

18 Aug 2016: at Roger Smalley in memoriam (Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Wendy Dixon.

5 Apr 2014: at Grevillea Ensemble (The Flute Tree). Featuring David Miller, Wendy Dixon.

5 Aug 2010: at Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 3 (Jupiters Townsville). Featuring Suzanne Shakespeare, Piers Lane.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 15 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.
This English-born composer arrived on Australian shores in the 1970s, directly from the highly pressured surroundings of the Stockhausen household. It is in Perth, the most isolated city in the world, that he reconnected with the icons of the Western canon, including cats. This expertly written cycle offers plenty of opportunities to good singers who love furry pets with attitude.
Roland Peelman