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        Voicing: Mixed Voices

        Title Description Composer Voicing

        And Loud We Sing And Long!

        #MM 0605

        This carol for Christmas manages to combine several opposing concepts. It mentions the traditional winter cold of Christmas and the summer heat which is part of the Australian Christmas experience. It also combines “scat” syllables in a style which is definitely Classical. This piece can be sung by any church or college ensemble which sings the standard repertoire of Christmas. Highly recommended!

        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.

        As Evening Shadows Fall

        #MM612

        A gem of an arrangement from Canadian Larry Nickel that your choir and congregation/audience will absolutely love.

        The recording is by the West Coast Mennonite choir conducted by Tony Funk.

        Breakers

        #MM 0505

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

        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.

        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.

        Christ the Lord is Risen Again

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        An energetic and exuberant paean on an Easter text by sixteenth century German writer, Michael Weisse. The music bowls along in changing meters from 4/4 to 7/8, 6/8 and 2/4. The choral parts are often in rhythmic unison or doubled by the keyboard, so the music is memorable and easy to sing by choirs of all abilities. There is a great balance between the asymmetry of the rhythm and the repetition of sections. The accompaniment lies “under the fingers” and is easily accessible to most church accompanists. This piece is suitable for any part of the Easter season, but particularly for Easter Sunday. Its dance like character also makes performance possible in choral programs outside religious services.This simple and vital anthem solves the problem of finding Easter music that is vibrant and energetic rather than grand and triumphant. If your choir likes John Rutter’s Easter music you may also like this piece, which makes references in the keyboard part to the well-loved hymn tune commonly sung to the same text.

        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.

        Great Southern Spritis

        #MM 2002

        Lux Aeterna

        #MM 2060

        Though written in an advanced idiom, this work was commissioned and first performed by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Choral, a high school choir. The composer writes “musically, this work has been much influenced by Renaissance choral music…my aim above all things was to draw upon a tradition of writing that is solemn, richly spiritual but ultimately life-affirming”.

        My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

        #MM 0603

        David Koering has get this traditional hymn in a somewhat “colonial” style, reflecting the origins of the beautiful melody.

        On The Night Train

        #MM2032

        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’.

        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.

        Until I Saw

        #MM 0402

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

        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.

        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.

        Waltzing Matilda

        #MM 0404

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

        When Morning Gilds the Skies

        #MM613

        A gorgeous arrangement from Canadian Larry Nickel that transforms this traditional hymn into a more contemporary anthem of praise.

        The recording is of the West Coast Mennonite Choir, directed by Tony Funk.