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        Genre: Secular Choral Pieces

        Title Description Composer Voicing

        On The Night Train

        #MM2032

        Wake Up!

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        Wake Up! is a rhythmic and energetic piece that re-imagines the choir ensemble as a contemporary band. Amongst the global frenzy of contemporary culture, hip-hop and urban music has become the ‘folk music’ that resonates strongly with our current generation. This piece captures the vibrancy of those rhythms and melodies through the imitation of driving hip-hop beats and vociferous rap vocal.

        Sing Out!

        #MM1511

        Sing Out! was commissioned for Australian Society of Music Education Conference 2005 as the opening massed work. It is a short, fun, rhythmic piece to be sung ‘with joy’.

        Rehearsing And Performing Past Life Melodies

        #MM 2008

        A short compendium of information and resources helpful to choir directors, choristers and music students. Much of the material in this booklet is different from that in the CD. There is biographical information, a discussion on the process of composition and suggestions for rehearsal.

         

        Voice Of The River

        #MM 2041

        Orlovich has a keen ear for the way different texts resonate with each other. This piece uses the traditional Latin text Dulcis Jesu Memoria and Victor Carrell’s Voice of the River which draws on a series of images which address “love” as it is found in some of its myriad manifestations. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale and suitable for a good high school or college choir. It could also be used in church situations as an anthem.

        Three Australian Bush Songs

        #MM 2061c

        This wonderful piece portrays three phases of the day: Sunrise, emerging in the stillness of the dawn, Birds, reflecting the vitality of the noonday, and the vibrant bird calls in the “Australian) bush, and Sunset, where the conclusion to the set of songs is a slow chordal diminuendo as the sun sets. Each movement can be performed separately.

        Hush: On The Death Of A Bush Church

        #MM 2062

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

        Where Go The Boats

        #MM 1009

        A graceful setting of the Robert Louis Stevenson poem for young children.

        (The performance is by the Brisbane Birralee Voices Junior Choir)

        Great Southern Spritis

        #MM 2002

        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!

        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. Only available within the collection of Island Songs.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        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 – 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)

        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)

        Breakers

        #MM 0505

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

        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 – 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)

        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)

        Until I Saw

        #MM 0402

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

        South Australia

        #MM 0403

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

        Waltzing Matilda

        #MM 0404

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

        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.

        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.

        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.

        Bullocky-O

        #MM1010

        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

        #MM10112

        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.