Brisbane songs

Davidson, Robert A. (2009) Brisbane songs. (Unpublished)

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Vocal composition for Collusion ensemble (soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, piano).

Three poems are collected and set in Brisbane Songs. Les Murray’s Nocturne starts the set in a reflective mood. The poem is an ode-like enumeration of iconic features of Brisbane, centring on the river, and dwelling on the major impact of World War Two on the city, touching evocatively on many other aspects of Brisbane’s identity in the process. The inescapable river is strongly present in Streets of Brisbane by Kevin Hart, represented in the music by a series of widely-spaced, static chords that overtake the texture at several points. The third poem, Leaving West End, by Bronwyn Lea, takes quite a different turn, focusing on two frozen moments of observation. Set at an inner-suburban bus stop, the first observation is of a young, typically Brisbanian couple intense in their embrace of the present moment; it is interrupted by the recounting of an experience of heroin-accompanied eroticism.

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ID Code: 18241
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: vocal music, poetry, chamber music, contemporary composition, Brisbane, Australia
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Robert A. Davidson
Copyright Statement: Released under a Creative Commons Attribution licence:
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2009 05:02
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 15:51

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