Three songs of the sower : voice with piano
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Library shelf no. 783.2542/TRE 2 [Available for loan]
Instrumentation: Voice, piano.
Difficulty: Medium — 'Night sowing' and 'To a ground-lark' are on AMEB Grade 5 syllabus.
Contents note: To a ground-lark -- Night sowing -- Prayer for rain.
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Tregaskis: genius song writer.
Posted by Shannon Pincombe on 16 July, 2015
Alan Tregaskis shares a vision with his soloist and the audience rarely, if ever, achieved. His words paint a layered casting of landscapes and folk who inhabit them. His tonal choices serve to emote much of his dialogue and turn it to a feast for the ears. 'Windy Gap' is a heavily rendered song which turns the pages of Australian history back in the first two stanzas. The passion which this song requires challenges the most talented singer and can only be performed well once the vocalist trusts Tregaskis' timings and notes with all. The reward is to be a much loved lesson. I know. I became the singer I now am through a year long fight with this very song. My senior year of high school, my vocal studies, presented 'Windy Gap' and 'Thre Songs of the Sower', a classic song cycle. All demand keen attention and regular practice of the singer. They build a solid and indestructible foundation of strength within any singer brave enough to persist. Tregaskis' aim was to make his soloist 'perform' the works. To embody the natural spirit he composed. I highly recommend Alan Tregaskis to all vocal teachers and students of voice. You will forever love these songs and always find yourself spruiking them to others. The tip is well worth it. Enjoy.