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Five songs : to the poems of John Shaw Neilson

by Margaret Sutherland (1936)

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Performance by Peter Locke, Helen Noonan from the CD Woman's song

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Monday's child


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Monday's child / Katja Webb, David Wickham, Allan Meyer, Peter Facer.

Library shelf no. CD 2761 [Not for loan]

Australian composers in song


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Library shelf no. 783.2542/AUS 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1936

Instrumentation: Voice, piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Medium — 'For a child' and 'In the dim counties' are on AMEB Grade 6 syllabus.

Contents note: For a child -- When kisses are as strawberries -- May -- In the dim counties -- Song be delicate.

Performances of this work

1 Nov 12: Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC. Featuring Merlyn Quaife, Amir Farid.

1 Nov 2012: at Songlines of the Heart (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Merlyn Quaife, Amir Farid.

1 Nov 12: Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC

1 Nov 12: Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC

1 Nov 12: Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC

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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.
For many years I have enjoyed singing these settings of lyrical Australian poet John Shaw Neilson.  Easy to approach, they are a charming set of miniatures from the more substantialand dramatic 'May' to the cheeky 'When kisses are as strawberries'.  Although individual songs may be familiar, the cycle as a whole is worth study.
Jenny Duck-Chong