By Gavin Lockley
Voice and orchestra, c.5'00
Words by A B Paterson. From Orchestral Songs of Australia.
By Richard Peter Maddox
Words by Robert Harrick. Composed 2003
By Peter Mcnamara
Voice and chamber orchestra
De Rerum Natura is a 6-part song cycle setting portions of Titus Lucretius Carus’ same-titled 6-volume ancient Latin literary work, completed in c. 50-5 BCE. De Rerum Natura can be translated as The Nature of Things, and is a sophisticated didactic text explaining the world around us, consisting of poetry, prose and scientific theory of the antiquity. Lucretius outlines the flaws as he sees them in ancient religion, that the souls of men are mortal and the world made up of infinite fine particles, using a similar text written 200 years previous by ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BCE) as a model. The text is pronounced according to the principles of classical pronunciation, which is how linguists believe that Latin was spoken in ancient Rome.
The six movements of De Rerum Natura, are divided into two related groups of three movements (1, 2, 3 and 4, 5, 6). The first song has a very flowing character while the second is much more rhythmically driven and tense. The fourth song is related to the first harmonically, but with the tense and rhythmically driven character of the second. The fifth song meanwhile is related to the second harmonically, but with the flowing character of the first. The third and sixth songs are also closely related by way of their rhythmically free and semi-improvised character, creating two related yet contrasting overall divisions of the song cycle.
By Frank Millward
For Soloists, Choir and Chamber Orchestra.
- A Slice of Alice
- Alice's Common Sense Song
- Flight of the Cornish Dog
- Old Mother Hubbard
- Spider and the Fly
The music presented here has been taken from the 2011 Artichoke production and comes from that section of the work which took place as a concert performance in an outdoor setting ‘grounds of a 15th-century moated manor house’ performed by the eight characters (Queen of Hearts, Red Queen, White Queen, the Duchess, King of Hearts, White Knight, Mad Hatter, Tweedle (Dum Dee), a choir of waiters and a Chamber Orchestra consisting of Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass, Trumpet Bb, Horn in F, Bass Trombone, Keys, Percussion.
‘Dining with Alice was one of the earliest instances of immersive (where spectators are part of the action), site-specific (the place is part of the subject) theatre. It was a landmark.’ First performed in 1999 at the Salisbury Festival, the piece was conceived and directed by Hillary Westlake and staged in the Victorian pleasure gardens of Salisbury as part of the Salisbury Festival, commissioned by the then festival director Helen Marriage. In 2011 the work was part of the Norfolk and Norwich festival, produced by Artichoke, transplanted to the beautiful grounds of a 15th-century moated manor house. ‘Lewis Carroll's characters unleashed from Alice's dream, wandering through a landscape accompanied by an audience whose walk is punctuated by the courses of a meal.’ (Quotations from Susannah Clapp - Observer Newspaper U.K. 15 May 2011).
The entire suite is available on a CD disc.Individual pieces from "Dining with Alice" Suite are available online.
- See individual music samples on these pages. These works can be purchased separately.
By Horace Keats
Recorded by Jane Parkin (soprano), Alexa Still (Flute) and Clemens Leske (piano) on A Poet's Composer (Wirr 040) - sample 1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxsnmEE0HI8
Wendy Dixon (soprano), Marina Marsden (violin) and David Miller (piano) on Echo (ABC Classics) - sample 2
Louise Page (soprano), Janet Webb (flute) and Phillipa Candy (piano) on Movement (Wirr 050) - sample 3
all CDs available online.
By Piotr Nowotnik
Soprano, flute, cello and piano c.8'00
Lyrics based on works by Michael Ben Zechabe - excerpts of "Song of Songs", Chapter 1.
By Diana Blom
Download sheet music samples
- Which Way? - c.2'00
- Red Moon - c.5'45
- Green Thumb - c.2'30
- The Whale's Footprint - c.2'00
- The River - c.5'00
By Horace Keats
Recorded on Movement CD (Wirr 050) by Louise Page (soprano) and The Linden String Quartet, available online
Sheet music samples
- 1. In What Other Places do You Live? (Henderson)
- 2. Plucking the Rushes (Anon. 4th C. Chinese)
- 3. The Fishing Pools (Mackenzie)
- 4. The Point of Noon (Brennan)
- 5. Yellow Bracken (Powys)
By Ann Carr-boyd
7 songs for voice and ensemble. Composed 1976
Folk songs from France, Mongolia, Greece and Canada - there is scope to substitute instruments - flute can be exchanged for recorder and viola for cello and a variety of percussion instruments.
- Folk Songs '76 - sheet music samples
- 1. Argizagi Ederra - audio (c.3'00)
- 2. O Dieu d’Amour - audio (c.2'40)
- 3. Yees Merrmingas ma Pandicksay - audio (c.1'05)
- 4. Otan mou ipen ehe - audio (c.1'25)
- 5. Ma ti to theli mana sou - audio (c.1'10)
- 6. Kharchin - audio (c.2'10)
- 7. Life in a Prairie Shack - audio (c.4'00)
By Ann Carr-boyd
4 songs for voice and ensemble. Composed 1978
Folk songs from Germany and Greece - here the flute can be substituted for recorder.
Part of the recent collection of 38 pieces for Flying West (Wirr 066) - recorded by Thoroughbass Ensemble available online
- Folk Songs '78 - sheet music samples
- 1 Guten Abend, Gute Nacht - audio (c'145)
- 2 Im Scbhönsten Wiesengrunde - audio (c.1'55)
- 3 Itia Itia [c.3:00] - audio (c.3'00)
- 4 Mandinada - audio (c.1'40)
By Margaret Sutherland
Words by John Shaw Neilson
The Gentle Water Bird (voice) - sheet music
$20.00 for instant PDF download score and part