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Blue Work


Music for Fall Sonata

for tape

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  5m 30s

Year:  2008
Duration:  5m 30s

Composer:   Chris Watson

About

Music to accompany the poem "Fall Sonata" by Sue Wootton. For the "A Circle of Life: A Collaboration" project, facilitated by Barbara Snook.

At a welcome function for the 2008 Arts Fellows at the University of Otago, the Caroline Plummer Dance Fellow, Barbara Snook, indicated that she would like to work with other Fellows on a community dance project for people whose lives had been touched by the experience of cancer.

It so happened that the Burns Fellow, Sue Wootton, was in the process of writing what turned out to be a powerful and deeply moving poem about the battle with cancer of a close friend. I recorded Sue reciting her poem, Fall Sonata, and backed it with music, highlighting thoughts and emotions such as fear, resignation and respite.

Both Sue and I attended workshop sessions facilitated by Barbara in which people from the community sought to out their feelings about cancer through physical movement. These were moving occasions.


Contents note

one movement, accompanying six stanzas of poetry.


Text note

Text by Sue Wootton


Performance history

29 Jun 2008: A Circle of Life: A Collaboration

06 Jul 2008: Performed by dance students from Otago Girls High School