The Foundling
for choir SSATBB, string quartet and vibraphone (1997)
duration: 24’
text by Ross Baglin
GRT • 045

score available from
Australian Music Centre

“The four Australian works presented in Adelaide’s Samstag Museum were at times provocative. Stuart Greenbaum’s The Foundling (1997) seemed to musically describe the plight of abandoned children, and by extension adults too, who face a compassionless world — “Love, in the end, is the adoption we all seek”, read some of Ross Baglin’s poetry, to which the work is set. Emma Horwood’s clear-voiced solos and entwining duet with viola were lovely highlights. Soundstream’s performances under conductor Warwick Stengards bristled with passion and technical accomplishment.”
Graham Strahle, The Australian, April 2015

“Totally tonal and reliant on the vibrancy of relatively big forces for its effect Stuart Greenbaum’s The Foundling uses every trick in the book for emotional punch. In only its third full performance since 1998 and richly deserving more, the evening’s conductor Warwick Stengårds proved a tower of strength throughout this thought provoking evening.”
Rodney Smith, The Advertiser, April 2015