Music (La Musique) - Gordon Kerry, performed by Halcyon





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Published on Feb 9, 2016

Music (La Musique) - Gordon Kerry, performed by Halcyon

Artists: Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Jason Noble clarinet, Geoffrey Gartner cello, William Jackson vibraphone

Delighted to celebrate the long life and substantial legacy of Halcyon, I composed a piece for Alison and Jenny and an ensemble of clarinet, vibraphone and cello that provides shimmering support for the two entwined vocal lines. I wanted to use an Australian poem with some connection to the ocean, so I chose John Kinsella’s version of Baudelaire’s La musique, which compares the many feelings evoked by music the changing moods of the sea, and which I set in the original French nearly 30 years ago.
© Gordon Kerry

Music often carries me away like a sea!
Toward my pale star,
Beneath a ceiling of mist or in a vast sky,
I cast anchor;

My chest a bowsprit and lungs billowing
Like sails,
I scale the back of waves gathering
As night drops its veil;

I feel all the passions of a stricken
Vessel vibrating inside me;
The fair wind, the tempest and its convulsions

Upon the immense gulf rock me.
At other times, becalmed, great mirror
Of my despair!
John Kinsella, after Charles Baudelaire
from his collection 'The Jaguar's Dream' published by Herla

This song is one of a collection of chamber works under the title Kingfisher, Songs for Halcyon. The songs were gifts from the composers to celebrate 15 years of music-making by Australia’s leading ensemble for vocal chamber music. The complete Kingfisher CD is available at http://tallpoppies.net/

Kingfisher - Songs for Halcyon TP 236
Recorded at Trackdown Scoring Stage, Sydney in May-July 2014. Engineered and mixed by Daniel Brown. Mastered by Christo Curtis, Utopia Audio.

Cover photograph: Lorenzo Cortelletti
Cover design: Elizabeth Duck-Chong


For full track listings, score and other details: www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/product/kingfisher-songs-for-halcyon


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