y The Vision and the Gap : a cantata for SATB soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra single work   lyric/song   "The clear dawn and a frosty air,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1985... 1985 The Vision and the Gap : a cantata for SATB soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra
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  • Secular canta.
  • Dedication: 'To QUMS'.
  • Composer's Introduction: 'As one of the oldest societies on campus it is thoroughly appropriate that the Queensland University Musical Society (QUMS) should commission a new work as its contribution to the University of Queensland's 75th Anniversary. Having successfully applied to the Music Board of the Australia Council for financial assistance, QUMS offered me the commission.

    I accepted with alacrity, and immediately approached my friend, poet Thomas Shapcott, who suggested a libretto on botanist/explorer Allan Cunningham. Tom and I have collaborated on some dozen major choral works since our first in 1968, and although I was not familiar with Cunningham's biography knew from previous experience that Tom would only suggest it as a suitable topic if it were rich with possibilities. W. G. McMinn's monograph Allan Cunningham (Melbourne University Press, 1970) quickly convinced me that here was a story crying out to be dramatised....' (1-3 pp. after score)

Production Details

  • Performed by the QUMS and Queensland Theatre Orchestra conducted by Colin Brumby, 22 May 1985.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1985 .
      Extent: 1 ms. score (221p.)p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • A recording of 'The Vision and the Gap' is in the Papers of Thomas Shapcott, Folder 7, Series 8 Audio Cassettes, 1970-1988, MS G 114, ADFA.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Architecture and Music Library
      Local Id: M1530 .B89V4
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