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Work

Then and Now (soprano with string quartet)

by Carl Vine (2018)

Glad Tomorrow

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The Glad Tomorrow / Katie Noonan and Australian String Quartet.

Library shelf no. CD 3126 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Australian singer-songwriter Katie Noonan commissioned musical settings of poetry by the extraordinary indigenous writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal from several Australian composers. I chose Oodgeroo's poem Then And Now for its stunning demonstration of forbearance from a woman who had been mistreated for so much of her life, but who decided that racial tensions would only ever improve through reflection and tolerance.
A disappointing proportion of white Australians still choose to believe that the mistreatment and denigration of our country's first nation either never happened or has now evaporated. Oodgeroo's light but firm tone in this quiet reminiscence is an object lesson in generosity of spirit.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Soprano voice, 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 6 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Katie Noonan for a series of performances featuring the Australian String Quartet

First performance: by Katie Noonan, Australian String Quartet at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall) on 28 Oct 2019

Performances of this work

10 Nov 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (Forum Theatre). Featuring Australian String Quartet, Katie Noonan.

9 Nov 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (The Playhouse - Canberra Theatre Centre). Featuring Australian String Quartet, Katie Noonan.

8 Nov 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga). Featuring Katie Noonan, Australian String Quartet.

6 Nov 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (State Theatre Centre of WA). Featuring Katie Noonan, Australian String Quartet.

2 Nov 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (Woodville Town Hall). Featuring Katie Noonan, Australian String Quartet.

1 Nov 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (Lismore City Hall). Featuring Katie Noonan, Australian String Quartet.

31 Oct 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (The Tivoli (Brisbane)). Featuring Australian String Quartet, Katie Noonan.

28 Oct 2019: at ASQ & Katie Noonan: The Glad Tomorrow (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Katie Noonan, Australian String Quartet.

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