Two Songs from the Zulu

Two Songs from the Zulu
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  • AvP Number : 198
  • Composer : Jean Coulthard
  • Composer Dates : 1908-2000
  • Canadian : Yes
  • Instrumentation : soprano and piano
  • Format : one score
  • Difficulty : moderate
  • Duration : 5:00
  • Pages (print) : 8
  • Pages (download) : 11

These accessible songs hint only obscurely at their African origins. Rather they show Coulthard’s grasp of psychology, especially the ways love may be expressed. The performers are required to collaborate closely in tempo and rhythm, particularly in the opening sections of both songs.

Lesle Uyeda composed these three songs –  Owl’s Take on Man, Crow’s Take on Man and Midnight Watch – to the poetry of Lorna Crozier. The owl, the crow, the barn animals – all speak to us “at a level beyond thought”.
Crozier’s birds and animals say what we won’t, or can’t, and in their luminous language, offer a shield from our own stubbornness and folly.