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Sings Harry

for tenor and guitar

Year:  1954   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  1954
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Douglas Lilburn

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The cycle was originally composed for baritone and piano. Yet as one hears in the first song, Harry sings to 'an old guitar'. In the piano version, Lilburn incorporates idiomatic guitar gestures into accompaniment throughout: strumming, broken chords, and fading guitar snaps. These serve not only to evoke the guitar, but also to strengthen one's sense of the songs as self-reflective, self-accompanied cycle of 'songs within songs'. Lilburn subsequently arranged the cycle for tenor and guitar (1953, SLD-47), and for tenor and piano(1954, EC-26)

Contents note

  1. These songs will not stand
  2. "When I am old sings Harry"
  3. Once the Days
  4. The Casual Man
  5. The Flowers of the Sea
  6. I Remember

Text note

Poems by Denis Glover

Performance history

05 Aug 2008: Contemporary Visions

07 Jul 2013: Performed by Clare Pierard and Florence Chalamet (piano) at the Château de Puygiron as part of the 2013 Puygiron Art Festival, in Puygiron, France

Performance by Robert Oliver (tenor) and Milton Parker (guitar) on Lilburn: Sings Harry; Kiwi SLD 47

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