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Sheet Music: Score

Nativity : for a cappella SATB choir / Matthew Orlovich.

by Matthew Orlovich (2008)


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Nativity is a world of dew drops and spider webs, tender snails' horns and a bare attentiveness of the heart, a world where everyday things become breathtaking and extraordinary.

When setting the text to music, I drew inspiration from the meditative nature of the poem, composing flowing, legato phrases atop a gentle, trance-like arpeggio accompaniment. The soprano and alto voices sing in close harmony and also provide long-held tones which extend like drones across sections of the work. The tenor and bass voices remain rhythmically active throughout the work, sharing their lyrical, rising and falling arpeggio patterns in dove-tail fashion.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (11p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 4 mins

Commissioned by Oriana Chorale.

First performance by Tobias Cole, Oriana Chorale — 21 Dec 08. National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Contains composer's note and original poem.

Setting of poem by James McAuley.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-395-9

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