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Forever Singing Winter into Spring (tenor with orchestra)

by Lior and Ade Vincent (2019)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Forever Singing Winter into Spring is the culmination of Ade Vincent's series of compositions as the inaugural Young Composer in Residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He again paired with celebrated Australian singer/songwriter Lior following their 2016 collaboration commissioned by the Melbourne Recital Centre titled Hours I have Never Known.

Ambitious in scope and execution the new work confidently combines the emotional grandeur of live orchestra with the incisive innovation and driving rhythm of modern electronic music. The accomplished voice of Lior moves deftly from fragile sincerity to soaring falsetto - sometimes exposed and honest, sometimes digitally stretched, pulled, sped up and cut as he lyrically explores four stories of a single life reflected through the changing seasons.

The piece takes inspiration from the axiomatic truth that all life is cyclical with the seasons symbolic of its cardinal points; birth, growth, change and death. Through time we experience this ever-repeating cycle over shifting scales - a day, a year, a lifetime. The score moves from the burgeoning hope of spring and new life with lush ambient orchestral electronica through to the infectious electro pop of summer; from autumnal trip-hop to the hymnal introspection of winter. The synaesthesia of the seasons draws on the abstract paintings of contemporary Mexican artist Teresa Clark and the elegant haiku of Kobayashi Issa.

All text and music co-written by Ade Vincent and Lior.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, (2nd doublling piccolo), oboe/English horn, 2 clarinets in B flat (2nd doubling bass clarinet in B flat), bassoon/contrabassoon, 2 horns in F, trumpet in C, trombone, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, 2 keyboards, samples/Kaoss Pad/bass guitar, drumkit (Electronic /Acoustic), solo tenor voice (with TC Helicon Voicelive effects module), strings (

Duration: 22 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — High level of complexity in sampling and electronics

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned as part of the Cybec Young Composer in Residence program

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Lior, Ade Vincent, Tristan Courtney, Clark Rundell at MSO: Metropolis: Night Two (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall) on 4 May 2019

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associate with this work:
Electro-orchestral with solo voice

Performances of this work

4 May 2019: at MSO: Metropolis: Night Two (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Lior, Ade Vincent, Tristan Courtney, Clark Rundell.

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