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Compassion : a song cycle in seven movements, for symphony orchestra and solo voice by Nigel Westlake and Lior Attar, music education kit [eKit] / by Philip Cooney.

  • 1 digital (PDF) eBook (56p. -- A4 (portrait))
  • Published by Australian Music Centre — 2021
  • Purchase Price: $54.55 (Available for immediate download) — Add to Cart
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Compassion (2013) by Nigel Westlake and Lior
 Nigel Westlake

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Philip Cooney's kit about Nigel Westlake and Lior's song cycle Compassion is designed to introduce students in Years 9 to 12 to the range of music and compositional techniques contained in this landmark work and to allow Compassion to inspire them in their own creative endeavours.

Compassion is a significant work on many levels, and its attractive and compelling music is a wonderful way to introduce students to 21st-century orchestral and vocal composition. Compassion is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between two of Australia's leading creative individuals. It is a melding of ancient and modern musical traditions expressing timeless truths about the power of a changed perspective to affect human attitudes and actions. It is a work of intense beauty, luminosity and grandeur, befitting the wisdom, poetry and passion of the text.

The author of the kit, Philip Cooney, teaches at Wycliffe Christian School in the Blue Mountains of NSW. He is a regular contributor to the Sydney Symphony Education Program and has written three education resources for the Australian Music Centre, including the award-winning Dance with Nature: The Chamber Music of Ross Edwards.

This eKit contains a 56-page PDF only - it is the digital version of our popular hard copy education kit. This teaching resource was originally written in 2016.

The eKit includes activities for each of the seven movements of Compassion, with a variety of listening, score reading and composition tasks from which teachers can choose those appropriate to their students. Activity sections are followed by detailed 'Answers' sections for teachers.

A hard copy score can be purchase separately (for an additional cost) online here.

The mp3 album can be purchased online or you can find it on music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

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