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Songs for Salome

for mezzo-soprano and piano

Year:  1975   ·  Duration:  8m 45s

Year:  1975
Duration:  8m 45s

Diana Blom

Composer:   Diana Blom

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Sample Score

Sample: First movement: pages 1-2, second movement: page 1, third movement: pages 1 and 2

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Robyn Ravlich is a poet and executive producer of the Radiophonic Unit of ABC Radio National in Australia. The three poems are from ‘Songs for Salome’, published in her collection of poems, The Black Abacus (1971). Each describes different aspects of women and love. 'Reckless Blues' begins with text lines from a Bessie Smith song, and musically, draws on blues idiomatic sounds; 'Elegy for Judy Garland' borrows from the laid-back ballad of the late 1930s-1940s made popular by Judy Garland; and 'Model' reflects the brittle, driving world of the fashion model through constantly changing metres and a staccato repeated figure. The songs were commissioned for, and broadcast on, ‘The Coming Out Ready or Not Show’, ABC Radio 2, in November 1975, performed by Angela Giblin (soprano) and Linn Robertson (piano).

Commissioned note

Commissioned by ABC Radio 2 "The Coming Out Ready or Not Show"

Contents note

  1. Reckless Blues
  2. Elegy for July Garland
  3. Model

Text note

Poems by Robyn Ravlich

Performance history

09 Sep 2008: Performed by Angela Giblint (mezzo-soprano) and Linn Robertson (piano) at ABC Studios, broadcast on "The Coming Out Ready or Not" show on 4 November 1975

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