Child Sightings single work   poetry   "Out there the skies were wide"
  • Author: John Kinsella
Issue Details: First known date: 1999 1999
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Form: musical notation
First known date: 2002
Commissioned in 2002 for performance by The Brisbane Chorale, directed by Christopher Kiver. Scored for a cappella SATB choir. Duration: circa 10 minutes.

Composer's note: The poet reflects on the vastness of the outback sky and the experience of seeing phenomena such as showers of light and shooting stars coming down and lighting up the earth. In composing my musical setting, I have taken inspiration from the poet's depiction of an expansive and energised landscape and his creative mind's attempt to understand the mysteries of nature through the senses.

Source: Matthew Orlovich's website,
Sighted: 08/01/2009

  • Appears in:
    y Visitants John Kinsella , Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books , 1999 Z382104 1999 selected work poetry Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books , 1999 pg. 21
  • Appears in:
    y The West Australian 19 August 2000 Z628472 2000 newspaper issue 2000 pg. 8 Section: Big Weekend
Last amended 8 Jan 2009
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