Andrew Ford at 2014 Art Music Awards.
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Last Words wins 'Work of the Year' at 2014
Art Music Awards
September 2014. Andrew Ford's Last Words has won an Art Music Award in the category Work of the Year: Vocal or Choral. Ford, who collected the award at the 2014 Art Music Awards in Melbourne's Plaza Ballroom was also a finalist in the instrumental category for his String Quartet No 5. (The instrumental award went to Mary Finsterer, with Paul Grabowsky and James Ledger respectively taking out the jazz and orchestral awards - more details.)
Commissioned by the soprano Jane Sheldon and first performed by her with the Seraphim Trio, Last Words is a song cycle based on the final poems, diary entries and letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, Captain Robert Scott, Dorothy Porter, Emily Brontë and Virginia Woolf, among others. The climax of the half-hour work is a setting of the passage from Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, describing the death of Fish Lamb. Further performances of Last Words will follow in 2015.
> Read a program note and song texts for Last Words
Download a free podcast of Untuning the Sky, a collaboration between composer Andrew Ford, Genevieve Lacey (recorders), Phil Slater (trumpet), musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, 71 members of Gondwana Voices, sound engineer/producer Jim Atkins and the painter John Olsen (reading). Includes a short interview with Andrew Ford.
Watch a 2-part documentary about Elegy in a Country Graveyard: Part 1; Part 2 (Four Donkey Films)
Watch ANAM musicians, conducted by Brett Dean, perform Andrew Ford's Symphony (Youtube)
Watch Catherine McCorkill play Ford's Snatches of Old Lauds in Abercrombie Caves (YouTube)
Watch Ensamble 3 performing Ford's Ringing the Changes (YouTube)
Listen to Dance Maze performed by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. (classic/amp)
to work list
Common Ground for two string quartets
A pitch dark night for baritone, piccolo, trumpet and piano
Scherzo perpetuo for string quartet
After the Visitors for mezzo-soprano and string quartet
Slow Air, for trumpet, trombone and guitar
To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet and vibes
Once upon a time there were two brothers..., for solo flute
Last Words, for soprano, violin, cello and piano
Uproar for 11 trombones
and four bass drums
String Quartet No. 5
Australian Aphorisms for six solo voices
On Reflection for two pianos
String Quartet No. 4
Nonsense for medium voice and piano
Three Northumbrian Songs for soprano, harp and string quartet
Cradle Song for string quartet
String Quartet No. 3
Cradle Song for violin and piano
The First Hundred for brass band
Blitz for orchestra and prerecorded voices
Waiting for the Barbarians for large chorus
Free sheet music
Thin Air for solo piano (pdf 188 KB)
Broadway Boogie Woogie (pdf 150 KB)
for solo piano
Fear no more . . . (pdf 155 KB)
for solo piano
High resolution promotional photographs for use in concert programs and other non-commercial contexts are now available on the biography subpage.
The Music Show website
Learning to Howl
- a new CD from ABC Classics
April 2013. ABC Classics has released a recording of Andrew Ford's double award-winning song cycle, Learning to Howl, sung by the soprano Jane Sheldon. The piece sets words by Lorrie Moore, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Emily Brontë, Queen Elizabeth I, Ann Timoney Jenkin and Elizabeth Smart (among others) and represents a woman's life from childhood to old age. The CD also includes the 'single' version of a song from the cycle, the Rossetti setting 'The Birthday of My Life', together with Snatches of Old Lauds, for bass clarinet and drone, and Sounds and sweet airs, for flute and clarinet. The other major work on the disc is the Prix Italia runner-up Elegy in a Country Graveyard,.
> Buy the CD from ABC Shop
Music and books online
A wide selection of CDs with music by Andrew Ford is easily available by mail order from Buywell. CDs and individual tracks can also be bought through the Australian Music Centre and at iTunes.
Andrew Ford's books are available from any good book shop in Australia and New Zealand. They are also available as an ebook from Readings, Amazon and iTunes: Earth Dances (NEW February 2015), Try Whistling This, The Sound of Pictures, Illegal Harmonies.
.For a full list of CDs and books, please see also the CD subpage and the Books subpage.