Libretto of the Eight Year Old
for voice & string quartet
Imagine, you’re eight years old, you’ve been taken out of school for months and it’s your first trip beyond the shores of Australia. The memories were so vivid that it resulted in the text of Libretto of the Eight Year being written many years later by the composer at the request of a friend with whom she was staying with in New York. It was the journey of a lifetime that opened up a whole new world.
voice & string quartet
DATE OF COMPOSITION
27 October 2000 (World Premiere) Sarah Redgwick soprano, Carolyn Lam violin, Roy Howat viola, Coral Lancaster cello
Piano Trio Society & Australian High Commission: Downer Room, Australia House, London
Symposium Chamber Music CD (Final version for voice & string quartet)
A secular cantata recalling such singular works as Barber’s Knoxville and Tippett’s Boyhood’s End…listening which is never less than pleasurable.
A welcome and refreshingly different contribution to a recital program.