Life On Paper

Date: 18 September 2011
Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

“Write in this book – Things that I see
Things that I hear and know”

How do three composers respond to three writers from very different worlds?

Take a rich and stimulating musical journey with Halcyon inspired by poets and writers who help us understand our lives from every wondrous angle.

Federico Garcia Lorca’s dark and brooding fragments are woven into George Crumb’s Madrigals 1 and 2; Sei Shonagon, Japanese court lady and author of The Pillow Book, lists her vivid collection of gossip, poetry and observations of court life in a new Halcyon commission by Andrew Schultz, I am writing in this book; and the classical Haiku poet and priest Kobayashi Issa reflects on the small wonders abounding in the natural world in Joseph Schwantner’s Sparrows. All works of exceptional beauty and insight.

George Crumb - Madrigals, Books I & II (1965)
Joseph Schwantner - Sparrows (1978)
Andrew Schultz - I am writing in this book Opus 88 (2011) * 
* World Premiere

David Stanhope  conductor  Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano
Laura Chislett Jones  flutes  Diana Springford  clarinets  Alex Norton  violin  Luke Spicer viola  Geoffrey Gartner  cello  Jenny Druery  double bass  Zubin Kanga  piano  Melina van Leewen  harp  Daryl Pratt  percussion  Anna Zeltzer percussion

Broadcast on ABC Classic FM 14 May 2012 8pm