[Sound recording] The Lost Chord

Accession Number AWM2018.404.5
Collection type Sound
Measurement 5:21
Object type Digital audio file
Physical description Wav
Maker Hicks, Alan
Latham, Chris
Wilson, Christina
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, North Shore, Narremburn
Date made 2018
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Copying Provisions Recording provided for personal, non-commercial and commemorative use. Permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use.
Source credit to Latham, Chris

Recording of the song titled, 'The lost chord', created as part of the Music and the First World War project. Lyrics written by Adelaide Anne Procter with music composed by Arthur Sullivan. Produced by Chris Latham, with Christina Wilson as vocalist (soprano), and Alan Hicks on piano. This recording was made at Flat Rock Studios, Sydney, on 20 August 2018. The work is performed in the spirit of the time with some changes made for the modern ear.

Chris Latham, producer of this song, notes: 'This was written by Sullivan of the Gilbert and Sullivan duo. This song wasn’t written for organ and is a sacred work that would have been played in a living room but could have also been played in a church setting due to its hymn-like nature. One of the sections of the song has a serene feeling to it with the song itself covering the theme of mortality. It is the archetype of transcendence with someone suffering and concerned by their own mortality. The key signatures of this song may be hard for amateurs suggesting that this was intended for professional performers. The song also requires a big vocal range as it extends across one octave and a fourth.'

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