Sheet Music: Score
The Blue gum forest : for a cappella SATB choir and bass baritone soloist / Matthew Orlovich
by Matthew Orlovich (2009)
The Blue Gum Forest is a setting of Roland Robinson's
poem of the same name.
The work comprises four sections. The opening, broad style of music is intended to convey a sense of the 'out-of-doors'. The choir eludes to the poet's ever-questioning nature, singing 'Why do I stand here, stare about me?' The bass baritone describes how the poet clung, clambered and crashed his way down sheer gorge's walls to ﬁnd the forest.
Emerging from forest birdsong, the second section presents a rhythmic and melodious music. The choir sings of the naked smooth blue gums whose limbs overarch and, "lost in height, mingle in myriad tongues".
In the third section of the work, the choir and soloist tread slowly beneath the trees, 'long desiring', 'long-looking' at the lichens, moss and ochre-red fungi, before sinking into pungent mould.
The calls of Laughing Kookaburras herald the final section of the work in which the choir and soloist sing of the blue-grey pipes 'soaring to their arches that lull, linger, leave off, then swell, hail, all hail in hosannas, in hosannas.'
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (82p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 15 mins
Includes program note, performance directions and text of original poem.
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