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        Genre: Secular Choral Pieces

        Title Description Composer Voicing

        Voices Of A Land – Cutty Sark

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        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 – Midsummer Noon

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        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)

        Voices Of A Land – Drovers

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        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)

        Coraparena

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        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.

        Ceduna

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        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.

        Tabulam

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        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

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

        South Australia

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

        Waltzing Matilda

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

        Ngana

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        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.

        Ngana

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        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.

        Bullocky-O

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        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.

        Andy’s gone with cattle

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        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.