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Three Cilla McQueen Songs

for mezzo-soprano and piano

Year:  1987   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  can be sung by baritone

Year:  1987
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  can be sung by baritone

Composer:   David Farquhar

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Sample Audio

Sample: 0:00-0:56 3. Princess Alice the incredible Lady Gymnast

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Sample Score

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I first heard Cilla McQueen reading her own poems at the opening of the new National Library building in August 1987. Among the poems she read was Synaesthesia, which entranced me with its sustained lyricism and seemed to be crying out for music – something very unusual in recent NZ poetry, most of which tends to be more conversational in tone. I asked her for a copy of Synaesthesia (at that stage unpublished) and later found two other poems among her published collections. The musical connections between Synaesthesia and Princess Alice came quite unconsciously, though the two songs are very contrasted in rhythmic style: one flowing, the other dancing. In between, Solstice is suspended in stillness.

Contents note

  1. Synaesthesia
  2. Solstice
  3. Princess Alice...

Text note

Text by Cilla McQueen

Performance history

30 Jun 2006: Performed by Julia Skripnik (mezzo) and Natascha Klem (piano) in the Grosser Saal of the Musikhochschule Lübeck, Germany

26 Aug 2008: Contemporary Visions 4

01 Aug 2010: Catherine Norton: Farewell Concert

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