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voices of exile

for soprano, mezzo-soprano and alto

  ·  Duration:  7m

Duration:  7m

Lucy Mulgan

Composer:   Lucy Mulgan


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voices of exile is a semi-autobiographical piece by New Zealand-born composer Lucy Mulgan. The song explores the physical and emotional journey experienced by pioneer women, such as the composer's great-great grandmother who left the UK for New Zealand during colonisation, and the composers own experiences, coming back to live in the home of her ancestors. Contrasts between the UK and New Zealand; links between past and present generations; and the differences and similarities between journeys of exile, whether chosen or enforced, are all touched on in the piece.

voices of exile is predominantly a simple folk song underpinned by a lilting accompaniment. Each of the tree verses is introduced by the gradual merging of broken down words and phrases. A brief climax appears before the final verse.

voices of exile was commissioned by juice vocal ensemble with funding from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by juice vocal ensemble with funding from Creative New Zealand

Performance history

Performed by juice vocal ensemble