Three songs of Janet Frame

Voice and instrumental ensemble

For soprano flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, guitar and double bass

Poems by Janet Frame

Three songs of Janet Frame was originally written for performance at a Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) meeting in Durham, but the first performance wasn’t given until October 1972 by a SPNM Ensemble conducted by Henry Ward with Jane Manning (soprano) at the Purcell Room, South Bank, London.

About the work

This work sets 3 poems by Janet Frame from her 1967 collection: Question, The sun speaks at Perihelion and Chant. They are set in a single movement separated by short interludes.


The scoring includes alto flute and bass clarinet.

Scores and recordings

Buy or borrow the score, and hire the parts from SOUNZ.

Three songs of Janet Frame — SOUNZ

There is an archival recording at SOUNZ from a 1978 performance.

Gillian Whitehead: selected works — CD