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Petit testament

Sheet Music: Score

Petit testament / Elliott Gyger

by Elliott Gyger (2008)

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  • Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, piano (or harp).
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    Performance by Halcyon, Sally Whitwell from the CD From the hungry waiting country


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'Petit Testament', the last of the Ern Malley poems, is intimate and autobiographical in tone, at times veering perilously close to confessing the bogus nature of the author's identity. My setting re-enacts James McAuley's and Harold Stewart's dazzling feat of ventriloquism (two real poets masquerading as one fictional poet) in employing two voices to project a single musical line, slipping unpredictably between unison, heterophony and interior dialogue. The pitch material is derived from musical ciphers of the three poets' names. Coincidentally, my cipher for "Ern Malley" - spelled out by the harp at the very beginning - uses only the notes of a pentatonic scale (Pelog) strongly associated with
Indonesian gamelan music, a common trope in the self-conscious quest for Australian musical identity in the 1960s and 1970s.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (24p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 mins

First performance by Halcyon — 1 Sep 09. The Mint, Sydney

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-792-6

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