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Murchitt : a daydream

by Lawrence Whiffin (1997)



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Murchitt : a daydream / Lawrence Whiffin ; text by William Henderson.

Library shelf no. CD 790 [Available for loan]



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Murchitt : a daydream / music: Lawrence Whiffin ; text: William Henderson.

Library shelf no. 782.554/WHI 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Based on a prose poem by William Henderson, the text is deliberately silly with comic-surreal imaginings inspiring the music in unusual situations, humour having the dominant role.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Speaker, soprano, tenor, SATB choir, flute/piccolo, clarinet B flat/E flat, bass clarinet, trumpet, percussion (1 player), piano, synthesizer, violin, cello.

Duration: 28 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: There are two large sections rather than two movements, each with varying tempos interpreting the moods of the text.  

First performance: by Merlyn Quaife, Tyrone Landau, Astra Choir, John McCaughey — 1 Sep 98. The Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Melbourne

An experiment in post-surrealist humour.

Winner of Australian Music Centre Award for Best Composition, 1998.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
1999 Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer Winner Lawrence Whiffin

Performances of this work

1 Sep 98: The Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Melbourne. Featuring Merlyn Quaife, Tyrone Landau, Astra Choir, John McCaughey.

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