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        Stephen Leek

        Freelance Australian Composer/Conductor Stephen Leek has long associations with some of the finest and most innovative choirs around the world including Gondwana Voices (Australia), the Tapiola Children’s Choir (Finland), Kamer…Choir (Latvia), The Formosa Singers (Taiwan), and his own choirs, vOiCeArT and The Australian Voices, that he co-founded and conducted for 16 years until 2009. As a conductor, Leek is in demand to work as guest conductor around the globe. As a composer he writes in his own distinctive contemporary style. His works, which have broad appeal and are performed by a wide selection of choirs throughout the world. He has been commissioned by some of the leading choral groups world-wide. Having written 13 operas, numerous orchestral and chamber works, music for education and dance, yet, Leek is often credited as the “founder of Australian choral music” through his composition of over 700 innovative choral works which explore a uniquely “Australian” colour and texture. A Churchill Fellow, Leek has received many national and international awards including the prestigious “Robert Edler International Choral Prize” for his contribution to the development of global choral music. He is currently Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), and in 2012/13, was the Artistic Director of the Shanghai Youth Choir and in 2015, Conductor of the Asia Pacific Youth Choir. Whilst undertaking the role of Artistic Director/Manager of the Young Music Society in Canberra, he continues to pursue his hectic freelance activities throughout the world.

        Works

        Title Description Composer Voicing

        Advance Australia Fair

        #MM0401

        The Australian National Anthem. Can also be sung with unison voices.

        Birdsongs

        #MM 0803

        Birdsongs – Night Birds

        #MM 0802b

        A slow and highly atmospheric piece which notes the birds which “sing by day” but cry during the night.

        Birdsongs – The Seagull

        #MM 0802c

        A call to the fish to avoid the seagull who is looking for lunch! A highly energetic and likeable piece for young singers.

        Birdsongs – Wild Black Crows

        #MM 0802a

        With a vocal range of just a fifth, this song describes the crows who “fly away to where nobody knows”

        Black Children

        #MM 0901

        Suitable for elementary or high school use. The score is a blueprint which simply indicates basic material with which the choir can work. The choir and conductor are encouraged to make major decisions concerning their performance and the result is lots of fun!

        Black Swana

        #MM 0904

        From the Torres Strait Islands north of Australia’s Cape York comes a beautiful song which depicts the progress of the ship Black Swana as it glides across the sea.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Black Swana (SATB)

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        From the Torres Strait Islands north of Australia’s Cape York comes a beautiful song which depicts the progress of the ship Black Swana as it glides across the sea.

         

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        Breakers

        #MM 0505

        “Dolphins” are the subject of this highly energetic and rhythmic piece.

        Ceduna

        #MM 0413

        This is the fourth title of Songs of Passage, the work which includes Ngana. “Ceduna” means “waterhole”. The music includes “boxes” of material for singers to work through as well as traditionally scored sections. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        Coraparena

        #MM 0412

        Also from Songs of Passage, “coraparena” means “flat place”. The writing is easy to sing though it contains some chord clusters. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        Goolay-Yali

        #MM 0910

        The third and final piece in Ancient Cries, this “pelican dance” has caught the imagination of young and adult treble choirs the world over. Wonderfully rhythmic with stunning climaxes and interesting vocal sounds. It is also not very difficult. A “must perform.”

        The recording is by Young Voices of Melbourne, directed by Mark O’Leary.

        Great Southern Spritis

        #MM 2002

        Into The Darkness

        #MM 0416

        The five songs of this suite are the perfect simple introduction to modern techniques of vocal writing for high school, college or community choir. The work constitutes a gradual progression from the cicada chorus of late afternoon through the gathering darkness to a night fishing excursion and finally sleep. The score is presented in easy-to-read manuscript.

        Island Songs

        #MM 0811 (treble)/ MM0409 (SATB)

        Three songs from the Torres Strait Islands to the north of Australia. Comprises Monkey and Turtle, Trade Winds and Morning Tide. Good for use in classrooms or with choirs at elementary or high school level.

        The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        Island Songs – Monkey and Turtle

        #MM 0811a (treble)/ MM0409a (SATB)

        A humorous look at the monkey and turtle who go looking for bananas and get shot! Suitable for children of all ages! Only available within the collection of Island Songs.

        The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Island Songs – Morning Tide

        #MM 0811c (treble)/ MM0409c (SATB)

        An easy but effective strophic song emphasizing community. “Come my brother, come my friend, wait, wait in the deep”.

        The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Island Songs – Trade Winds

        #MM 0811b (treble)/ MM0409b (SATB)

        A beautiful song of travel and love. This is a lovely arrangement of a Torres Strait Island song. Only available within the collection of Island Songs.

        The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Kumbargung

        #MM 0902

        One of the easiest and most immediately appealing from Stephen Leek’s In Construction series. It is suitable for singers of all ages and uses indigenous Australian words that are spoken in rhythm at various pitch levels. “Kumbargung” means “night” and other evocative words include “ungi gungi” (grasshopper) and “goolay yali” (pelican). A delight for all ages!

        Leave Her Johnny

        #MM 1002

        An arrangement of a folk song about sailors and the sea.

        Myoon-Myoon

        #MM 0909

        The second of the Ancient Cries set, this introspective slow work in 5/8 allows a choir to showcase a beautiful tone. The title means “red earth” and evokes the landscape of Australia’s geographical center.

        Ngana

        #MM0405

        Stephen Leek’s famous work from Songs of Passage. “Ngana” means “shark” and the piece strikingly captures the driving energies, rhythms and vivid colors of the island seascape found around the northeastern tip of Australia. Ngana was commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St. Peters Chorale.

        Ngana

        #MM0912

        The treble version of Stephen Leek’s famous work from Songs of Passage. “Ngana” means “shark” and the piece strikingly captures the driving energies, rhythms and vivid colors of the island seascape found around the north-eastern tip of Australia.

        The recording is by Young Voices of Melbourne, directed by Mark O’Leary.

        Ngayulyul

        #MM 0411

        Pronounced “ungahyulyul” meaning “hawk dreaming”. The text reflects the thoughts of the sheep farmer herding his sheep, ever aware of the hawk circling overhead. The second of Stephen Leek’s Songs of Passage, this is a highly evocative and beautiful composition using easy but effective modern compositional techniques. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        Rainbird

        #MM 0908

        The first of the Ancient Cries set; Rainbird begins with a dramatic and evocative piano introduction and includes some Australian aboriginal words as well as aleatoric sounds.

        Riawanna

        #MM 0903

        “Riawanna” is an Australian native word for “circles” and the piece is a do-it-yourself round with thousands of possibilities. It includes mixed meters. The final instruction in the accompanying notes says it all: “have fun”.

        The sound file is by Eltham East Primary School Choir’s CD Sea Shapes, conducted by Anne Williams.

        Simple Gifts

        #MM 0911

        A four-part arrangement for treble voices of the traditional American folk song that concludes with the most magical and ethereal sounds!

        South Australia

        #MM 0403

        A robust arrangement which includes two versions of an Australian sea shanty. The composer also sanctions a cappella performances.

        Tabulam

        #MM 0414

        Another in the Songs of Passage set, “tabulam” means “my home”. This song captures the energy and life of music-making from the north of Australia where part-singing is joyous, spontaneous and often improvised. The writing is lush, rich and repetitive. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        Tunggare

        #MM 0408

        “Tunggare” means “voice” or “to sing” in an Australian dialect. This is a wonderful opening or closing to a concert. There is much repetition and very easy tenor and bass parts, so it is perfect for a high school choir (and other choirs as well!). It may also be used as a choral piece for audience participation.

        Until I Saw

        #MM 0402

        A slow meditative work. A beautiful imaginative piece that stands among the best.

        Voices Of A Land

        #MM 0801

        An anthology of three songs, Cutty Sark, Midsummer Noon and Drovers. The score includes instructions for “random bush sounds”.

        Voices Of A Land – Cutty Sark

        #MM 0801a

         

        A tale of two ships the Cutty Sark and the Dunbar. The Dunbar was wrecked in the nineteenth century and calls to warn the Cutty Sark of danger “do you hear my faint ahoy?”.

         

         

        Voices Of A Land – Drovers

        #MM 0801c

         

        The drover drives his herd of cattle over the plains of parched landscape.

        (The musical example is performed by Young Voices of Melbourne – Directed by Mark O’Leary)

        Voices Of A Land – Midsummer Noon

        #MM 0801b

        The song describes the stillness of the Australian bush during the oppressive heat of midsummer. The song ends with “random bush sounds” to be produced by the choir members.

        (The musical example is performed by Young Voices of Melbourne – Directed by Mark O’Leary)

        Waltzing Matilda

        #MM 0404

        A masterly and unique arrangement of Australia’s favourite song.