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Taking Off

for baritone and piano

Year:  2014   ·  Duration:  19m 20s

Year:  2014
Duration:  19m 20s

Composer:   Janet Jennings

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Sample Score

Sample: First page of each song.

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The song cycle begins with a brief piano prelude that is repeated at the end as an epilogue. It is simple and direct in its expression – setting the tone for the no-nonsense honesty and rigorous clarity of the poems.

The composer's intention in setting the poetry to music is for the performers to create the world of the poems for themselves and for their listeners. The music exists in order to communicate the words. A successful performance will be one where the music enhances and intensifies the experience of the poems.


Commissioned note

The composition of Taking Off was supported by a Hamilton City Council Arts and Culture Grant

Difficulty note

Suitable for: Professional singers of lieder. University students. Competitions (NZ composition or lieder).

Contents note

1. Taking Off. Duration 1'.17".
2. Song. Duration 2' 36".
3. Semi-Kiwi. Duration 1' 14".
4. Conjunctions. Duration 1' 30".
5. Wind. Duration 3' 50".
6. Tombed. Duration 7'00''.

Also available in a version for tenor and piano

Text note

The poems are by Brian Turner with his permission for their performance in any context.