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When music sounds : mezzo-soprano voice with piano

by Dan Walker (2012)

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Performance by Anna Fraser, Erin Helyard from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 49.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 49.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 49.

Library shelf no. CD 2589 [Available for loan]

When music sounds


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When music sounds / music by Dan Walker ; words by Walter de la Mare.

Library shelf no. 783.67542/WAL 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work draws on the mysticism and romanticism of the late 19th Century pre-Raphaelite movement. The music is reminiscent of English and American Art Song of the early 20th century, and features long undulating lines, plaintive piano accompaniment, and lush harmonic progressions. The text is by early 20th century English poet Walter de la Mare.

This work would suit a secondary/tertiary vocal student and could be performed by male or female voices.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Solo voice (mezzo-soprano), piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Large vocal range required

Commission note: Written for Liz Neilsen on the occasion of her 70th birthday. Commissioned by members of Pinchgut Opera

First performance: by Anna Fraser, Erin Helyard — 2012.

Performances of this work

24 Mar 2017: at BAMF: Waltzes - Grainger / Walker / Wesley-Smith (St Jude's, Bowral).

23 Apr 2016: at The Music of Australia (Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church). Featuring Simon Lobelson.

22 Apr 2016: at The Music of Australia (Christ Church, Lavender Bay). Featuring Simon Lobelson.

20 Nov 12: Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Ultimo, Sydney. Featuring Erin Helyard, Anna Fraser.

2012: featuring Anna Fraser, Erin Helyard.

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