Maranoa Lullaby


mezzo soprano and string quartet
Mezzo-soprano, Solo Instrument(s) with Ensemble, String Quartet
Written for Kirsti Harms and the Goldner Quartet
First Performance
26.11.1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia: Kirsti Harms/Goldner Quartet

Score 0-571-51920-2 and parts 0-571-52028-6 on sale (with String Quartet No. 13 Island Dreaming)

Programme Notes
Peter Sculthorpe Maranoa Lullaby for mezzo soprano and string quartet (1996) This short work is based upon an aboriginal melody from the Maranoa district in Queensland. It was collected by Dr H O Lethbridge in the nineteen twenties and sung to the words: Mumma Warruno Murra Wathunno. According to Dr Lethbridge, these words were repeated many times by a mother rocking her baby to sleep in a bark cradle. Peter Sculthorpe

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