• Luke Styles
  • On Bunyah (2018)

  • Wise Music G. Schirmer Australia Pty Ltd (World)
  • pf/2vn.va.vc
  • tenor
  • 30 min

Programme Note

Dedicated to Linda Christmas

This new song cycle for tenor Mark Padmore (and the Britten Sinfonia in a chamber formation of string quartet and piano) sets a series of 10 poems by Australian poet Les Murray, from his most recent collection, On Bunyah.

The cycle charts a loose narrative and progression of themes, where the tenor can be identified as a 'poet farmer' character. This central figure gives voice to many aspects of Australia (the bush, land, kangaroos, fire, death, machinery and the 20th/21st Century) without sentimentality. The distinctive Australian flavour of this collection of poems embraces the similar experiences and challenges of other rural communities with the 'poet farmer' functioning as both a rural and modern day 'every-man'.

1. The Kettle's Bubble-Making Floor
2. Being Spared the Inquest
3. The Grief
4. The Moon Man
5. The Iron Kitchens
6. The Sleepout
7. Worker Knowledge
8. The Forest Hit by Modern Use
9. From Machine Portraits
10. Cockspur Bush.


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