LIBRETTO OF THE EIGHT YEAR OLD (1997-9)
Cantata for soprano or mezzo soprano and string quartet. Text by Wendy Hiscocks. Vocal score also available. Range: f-sharp to g”
Duration: 15 minutes
Programme note Libretto of the Eight Year Old is dedicated to my parents and is a musical story describing a six-month world trip experienced through the eyes of an eight-year-old. The eight-year-old was myself, taken by my parents on my first trip away from Australia, along with my brothers, in 1971. Eighteen years later a friend in New York encouraged me to write down what I remembered of the experience. I found it very easy to write through the eyes of a child, for the impressions and images that the trip had left on me at that age were very strong. I read the text to my friend who immediately said ‘You must set that to music’.
Librettocomes with the message that enquiry, learning and openness to new things are all part of the joy of living, of inner strength and of growing up.