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She Like the Moon Arises single work   poetry   "She like the moon arises"
  • Author:agent James McAuley
Issue Details: First known date: 1946... 1946 She Like the Moon Arises
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Form: musical notation
First known date: 2004
Composed in 2004 for the Grevillea Ensemble; first performed by Guest Artist, Diana Doherty.

Composer's note: Comprising three sections, the score begins with a calm nocturnal atmosphere with plaintive oboe calls and a tranquil, lyrical music about the moon and stars. Simple, sustained arpeggios accompany the voice.

The central section of the work, scored for oboe and piano, is a response to McAuley's image of 'the exquisite circumspection of the stars treading the heavenly floor'. The musical ideas in this section include a 'music-box' style piano figuration and an oboe solo featuring emotive, yearning phrases of disjunct intervals.

The final section of the work begins with solo voice ('And insolent hope surprises my sole heart'). Piano tremolos enter to accompany a pairing of voice and oboe and the work builds to a climax which reflects on the spurious glimmer of a dawn upon the infinite, the nevermore.

Information provided to AustLit by Matthew Orlovich.

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Under Aldebaran James McAuley , Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 1946 Z137901 1946 selected work poetry Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 1946 pg. 32
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Collected Poems 1936-1970 James McAuley , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z136303 1971 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 pg. 4
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Collected Poems James McAuley , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z37758 1994 collected work poetry Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 5
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Australian Poetry Library APRIL; APL; The Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library John Tranter , Sydney : 2004- Z1368099 2004- website

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    Sydney : 2004-
    • Grosvenor Place, Sydney City, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Australian Music Centre , 2004 .
      Extent: 1 facsimile score ([ii], 6 p.)p.
      • Instrumentation: Soprano voice, oboe, piano
      • Musical setting by Matthew Orlovich.
      ISBN: M673003866
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