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Five Dunedin Songs

by Anthony Ritchie, for tenor and guitar, Opus 76

Intimate and expressive settings of poems by Lonie and Hall. Simple in textures but demanding in performance, and ranging in mood from the capricious 'Stone Woman' to the desolate 'Collection Day'.

Programme Note

Poems by Iain Lonie and Bernadette Hall

Commissioned by Tony Donaldson for performance by himself (guitar) and Robert Oliver (tenor) in 1997, with funding from Creative NZ.

Collection Dayand My Toaster Tells the Time come from Dunedin poet Iain Lonie's posthumous book Winter Walk at Morning, published by Victoria University Press.

Lovesong, Song and Tomahawk Sonnet are new poems, written in 1997 as part of Bernadette Hall's time as Burns Fellow at The University of Otago. Originally from Dunedin, Bernadette studied Classics under Iain Lonie at Otago University.

I have to thank two other Classicists with regard to the selection of these poems for setting: Andrew Barker who put me onto Iain's poetry, and Gail Tatham who recommended Bernadette's poems to me.