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Choral scenes

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Choral scenes : the Western Front, World War I, a work for speakers, chorus and instruments / Helen Gifford.

by Helen Gifford (1999)

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  • Instrumentation: SATB choir, male speakers, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, bass tuba in F, cello/mandolin/guitar, small organ or synthesiser, percussion (2 players), (sopranos and altos play angklung in one section).
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    Performance by John McCaughey, Astra Choir, Moyra O'Byrne, Mardi McSullea, Craig Hill, Paul Kopetz, Rosanne Hunt, David Martin, Kim Bastin, John Arcaro, Robert Cossom, Graeme Leak, Helen Gifford from the CD Choral scenes


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Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (86p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Duration: 45 mins

Contents note:

And some there be / Ecclesiasticus -- Vox mortuorum, nox pertpetua (Latin phrase) -- The dead / René Arcos -- Wache (Guard duty) / August Stramm -- Exposure / Wilfred Owen -- For all we have and are / Rudyard Kipling -- The trenches / Frederic Manning -- Counter-attack / Siegfried Sassoon -- In Flanders fields / John McRae -- Grotesque with 2 soldiers' songs & Chorale Der du bist drei / Frederic Manning -- Lazarett (Clearing station) / Wilhelm Klemm -- Relève (Relief) / Charles Vildrac -- Third Ypres / Edmund Blunden -- For the fallen / Laurence Binyon -- Shadow / Guillaume Apollinaire -- The farmer remembers the Somme / Vance Palmer -- Adieu, the years are a broken song / anon. Australian.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the war dead, who are not able to speak to future generations

Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society with funds provided by Australia Council.

Includes performance notes and text of poems.

Text is by poets, most of whom fought in World War I, including Guillaume Apollinaire, René Arcos, Laurence Binyon, Edmund Blunden, Rudyard Kipling, Wilhelm Klemm, Frederic Manning, John McRae, Wilfred Owen, Vance Palmer, Siegfried Sassoon, August Stramm and Charles Vildrac.

Different instrumentation for each song, and some songs are choir a cappella or have speaker and instruments only.

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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