A Consolation

for baritone and pianoforte

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A Consolation


ISMN 979-0-720073-04-0

Duration: approximately three minutes.

Piano score: 15.00 AUD each or 25.00 AUD for two.

In the catalogue of Alfred Hill’s music this work has the identifier C.

The date of composition is unknown as the manuscript is undated. Its style, however, is typical of many of Hill’s songs composed in the 1890s and early 1900s and it is known that a version with string quartet accompaniment was performed in 1911 in Sydney. That version, likely to have been a later adaptation of this one with piano, has not yet been located. The range and dedication indicate that it was intended for a baritone.

Bars sixteen to twenty, with the words "Desiring this man's art", are a musical quote from Wagner's opera, Tristan and Isolda. This can be seen to be an expression of Hill’s admiration of Wagner’s music, as was the naming of his three children after characters in Wagner's operas.

Allan Stiles 2008

Stiles Music Publications