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Blue Work

Four Pioneer Portraits

a cycle of four songs for mezzo-soprano and piano

Year:  1949   ·  Duration:  9m

Year:  1949
Duration:  9m

Films, Audio & Samples

Sample Audio

Sample: 1. The Farmer's Wife (Robin Hyde) 0:10-1:10

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1

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Contents note

1: The Farmer's Wife; 2: The Bushfeller; 3: The Blacksmith's Wife; 4: The Shearer's Wife

Text note

Text by Robyn Hyde, Eileen Duggan and Louis Esson

Performance history

Performed by Honor McKellar (mezzo soprano) and Dorothea Franchi (piano) in 1960

Performed by Margaret Medlyn (mezzo-soprano) and Bruce Greenfield (piano) in 1999