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Lilburn, Douglas

Prodigal Country

Prodigal Country


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For Lilburn’s only full-length choral work, Prodigal Country, the composer set three poems to music – Robin Hyde’s Journey from New Zealand, Allen Curnow’s New Zealand City and Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. Across a single, winding movement, Prodigal Country conjures nostalgia and strangeness through its sung text and drifting melodic contours. The imagery of the river dominates the work, which, for Lilburn, seemed to represent freedom, while elsewhere Hyde’s evocative landscape is rugged and harsh, Curnow’s text emphasises the hesitancy and unease reminiscent of the Depression and Whitman’s romanticism is celebrated through Lilburn’s lyrical, melodic treatment.

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This product has been edited and engraved for performance and study by our expert music editors. Learn more about our editorial approach here.


Our printed products are printed on high quality digital stock. The interior pages are printed on crisp white paper.

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All of our published editions are approximately 9 x 12 (trimmed at 305 x 220 mmm) unless specified in the description above. The digital version has the same dimensions as our print version.

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