Song of Tailitnama, The


by Peter Sculthorpe

soprano and piano
Solo Voice

Score (fp) 0-571-55382-6 on sale

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Peter Sculthorpe The Song of Tailitnama for soprano and piano (1994) ‘Tailitnama’ (‘Tai’ pronounced ‘tie’) is an Aboriginal totemic centre in Central Australia. The text for this work consists of four verses, in the Aranda Language, from a rock wallaby song associated with the area. The verses concern the glowing of the mountains, the coming of dawn and the singing of the Ilbirbia bluebirds as they soar to the sky. The Song of Tailitnama opens with a slow vocalise, followed by a short episode which leads to the main part of the work, a long dance-like section, in the latter half of which the Aranda verses are sung. These verses lead to the climax, after which follows an expansion of the opening vocalise and a short coda. Peter Sculthorpe

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