My Nurse and I

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Project Description

Recent performance

SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017 (6:30PM)
Australian Combined Schools Music Festival 2017
Performers:
ACSMF Chorus, conducted by Sam Allchurch.
Venue: Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Links: http://acsmf.com

Composer’s Note

My Nurse and I (for a cappella SATB choir, 2010) was commissioned by Concordis Chamber Choir, directed by Andrew Hunter. The title of the work harks back to a painting of the same name by the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Painted in 1937, the artwork inspired a poem (also of the same name) by the contemporary Australian poet, Nicolette Stasko.

In three sections, my setting begins with a vibrant, rhythmic music set to the poem’s opening lines:

I am twined in the great trees
by the river
my hair a flock
of cockatoos
settling in branches

The pace of the music slows upon the commencement of the middle section of the work. Envisaged as a kind of lullaby, it alludes to Frida Kahlo’s painting – a self-portrait – in which she appears as a ‘babe in arms’. My lullaby section begins and ends with onomatopoeic choral sounds of water and forest birds.

Like a frame for the piece, my setting of the opening lines of the poem returns in the final section of the work, with a trumpet-like choral flourish serving as a coda.

I gratefully acknowledge Nicolette Stasko for permitting me to set music to her poem. I also sincerely thank Andrew Hunter and Concordis Chamber Choir for commissioning the setting and for affording the work its premiere performance.

Matthew Orlovich.
Composer.

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Gondwana Chorale, conducted by Paul Holley @ Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Some Known Performances of “My Nurse and I”

SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017
Performers: ACSMF Festival Choir, conducted by Sam Allchurch.
Venue: Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2017 (7PM)
Performers: St Peters Chorale, dir. by Kathryn Morton.
Venue: St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2016 (3PM)
Performers: St Peters Chorale, dir. by Kathryn Morton.
Venue: Brandenburg Choral Festival of London 2017 Spring Series, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London, EC1A2DQ England.

TUESDAY 3 JANUARY 2016 (1:15PM)
Performers: St Peters Chorale, dir. by Kathryn Morton.
Venue: The Nave, Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ, England.

TUESDAY 2 JANUARY 2016 (1PM)
Performers: St Peters Chorale, dir. by Kathryn Morton.
Venue: Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX, England.

TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER 2016
Performers: 
St Peters Chorale, dir. by Kathryn Morton.
Venue: 
International Tour – England, Wales, France, Germany & Austria.

SUNDAY 31 JULY 2016 (3:30PM)
Performers: Loose Canon Chamber Singers, dir. by Helen Thomson & Elizabeth Eden.
Venue: Hobart Town Hall, Hobart, Tasmania.

SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST, 2013 (3PM)
Performers: 
Voyces, Inc.
Venue: 
Perth Town Hall, Cnr of Hay & Barrack Streets, Perth, WA.

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER, 2012 (7PM)
Performers: 
Vox (Ballarat, VIC, Australia)
Venue: 
Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North Ballarat, VIC, 3350.

SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 (2PM)
Performers: 
Vox (Ballarat, VIC, Australia).
Venue: 
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, Vic 3450.

SATURDAY 7TH APRIL, 2012. (10AM)
Performers: 
Gondwana Chorale, dir. by Lyn Williams.
Venue: 
Four Winds Festival, Barragga Bay, NSW, Australia.

SATURDAY 22ND JANUARY, 2011 (6PM)
Performers: 
Gondwana Chorale, conducted by Paul Holley.
Venue: 
Gondwana National Choral School Concert 2011, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia.

FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER, 2010 (1:30PM)
Performers: Concordis Chamber Choir, dir. by Andrew Hunter.
Broadcast: 3MBS.FM – Dress Circle.

SATURDAY 14 AUGUST, 2010
Performers: Concordis Chamber Choir, dir. by Andrew Hunter.
Venue: Australian National Eisteddfod, Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

SATURDAY 29 MAY, 2010 (7:45PM) – WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE –
Performers:
Concordis Chamber Choir, dir. by Andrew Hunter.
Venue:
Ian Roach Hall, James Forbes Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122, Australia. 

 

Score sample:

My Nurse and I (for a cappella SATB choir)
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TITLE:
My Nurse and I

DATE OF COMPOSITION:
2010

COMMISSIONED BY:
Concords Chamber Choir, Melbourne, VIC., Australia.

SCORED FOR:
A cappella SATB choir

TEXT BY:
Nicolette Stasko

DURATION:
c. 5 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE:
29 May, 2010 – Performed by Concords Chamber Choir, directed by Andrew Hunter @ Ian Roach Hall, James Forbes Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia.

PUBLISHER:
Matthew Orlovich

ISMN:
tbc

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