Perspective Lovesong
for soprano and piano (2006)
duration: 8’
text by Ern Malley
GRT • 126

score available from
Australian Music Centre

program note
Texts written by the fictional Ern Malley have a special place in Australian cultural history. Students at the University of Melbourne have been setting his texts for a number of years and this in turn lead to an Ern Malley project which features settings by composers associated with the Faculty of Music. Perspective Lovesong is classic Ern Malley. It delights in abstract lyricism covering over clearly absurd and silly logic. This setting, nevertheless, attempts to enter Ern’s obscure world, taking him seriously at (almost) every step. The piece is accordingly dedicated to Melbourne’s own Albert Park. As the listener, you merely need to sit back, close your eyes and imagine that you too could be the next big thing in modern poetry!