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As water bears salt : choir

by Michael Whiticker (1989)

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From the CD laughter of mermaids

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The laughter of mermaids / The Song Company.

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As water bears salt : for solo mezzo, baritone and chamber choir / Michael Whiticker.

Library shelf no. Q 782.5542/WHI 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

As Water Bears Salt takes its name and text from the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. It is in 3 movements. It began life in 1981 as a shorter work for vocal soloists but was fully recomposed in 1989 for the Sydney University Chamber Choir.

Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, baritone, SSAATB chamber choir, percussion.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Why shepherd? -- As water bears salt -- Sweet nails.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the artistic vision of David Wansbrough.

First performance: by Sydney University Chamber Choir, Nicholas Routley — Jun 89. Sydney University Chamber choir

Text taken freely from Federico Garcia Lorca's three plays Yerma, Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba.


Review: Lament for A The Song Company 21 March 1993
Roger Covell
Source: Sydney Morning Herlad 24 March 1993

Performances of this work

Jun 89: Sydney University Chamber choir. Featuring Sydney University Chamber Choir, Nicholas Routley.

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