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        Genre: Secular Choral Pieces

        Title Description Composer Voicing

        Island Songs – Morning Tide

        #MM0811c (treble)/ MM0409c (SATB)

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

        This piece is available as a part of the Island Songs set (available in SATB and SA voicings). The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)



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

        Crossing The Bar


        An evocative setting of Tennyson’s text. Suitable for high school, community and church choirs.



        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.



        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.



        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.

        Until I Saw


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

        South Australia


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

        Waltzing Matilda


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

        Ngana (SATB) (Songs of Passage)


        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.

        Hush: on the Death of a Bush Church


        This secular piece laments the loss caused to both western and indigenous cultures when white miners arrive to mine for gold.



        A rollicking piece for a good high school choir. Bullock teams were an important form of early transport for heavy loads in Australia and each one was driven by a “bullocky” – a pioneer of great character. Requires a skilled pianist.

        Recording from “Our Time And Place” by St Peter’s Chorale, directed by Graeme Morton, released in 1997.

        Andy’s Gone With Cattle


        Combines the traditional music and text of the Australian folk song Andy’s Gone With Cattle with the American folk song He’s Gone Away. Would suit a high school choir.