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At the end of the world we learn to dance

for tenor and piano

  ·  Duration:  14m 30s

Duration:  14m 30s

Diana Blom

Composer:   Diana Blom


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The novel, Here at the end of the world we learn to dance by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones, tells of a lifelong relationship between two people, forged by the tango, which begins on the West Coast of New Zealand, and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Three excerpts from the novel focus on dancing and learning the tango by these two and others drawn into their story. The long song adopts the different tango styles and moods referred to in the story through a three-song structure with a refrain and interludes. It was written in 2012 for USA tenor, Kevin Hanrahan, and explores the timbres of his vocal range. Kevin gave the first performance of At the end of the world we learn to dance in Lincoln, Nebraska, January 2013.

Contents note

  1. Refrain
  2. First Song
  3. Interlude 1
  4. Song 2
  5. Interlude 2
  6. Song 3
  7. Refrain