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From Conception to Birth : from "Eat and Be Eaten"

by Jennifer Fowler (2000)

From Conception to Birth


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Work Overview

From Conception to Birth is part of a collection of songs with the overall title Eat and Be Eaten. The collection revolves around the subject of food in all its significance. It is not forgotten that while one creature is indulging in the enjoyable bit - eating - often it is another creature which is being eaten. This song is the longest, central item of the cycle and explores the balancing act set up between a pregnant woman and a growing foetus. The nourishment and survival of both follow a different agenda but is interdependent. In this case, the nurture of the foetus plays a risky strategy against the depletion of the mother's resources. A further ironical strand is added by the male voices of the brash medics.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: SSATBarB, harp. One or more voices on each part.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Contains a solo for Soprano 1

First performance: 6 Jun 01. Uniting Church, Paddington, Sydney, NSW

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