Love is always born : from Voices and Instruments
by Lyle Chan (2015)
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As the song goes, it's the most wonderful time of the year. When Roland Peelman asked me to contribute to the Song Company's Leunig Song Almanac, I chose December. It's a magical month anywhere, but especially glorious in Australia because it and Christmas are the start of beach weather, summer parties, and that uniquely Aussie way of relaxing that we call the 'silly season'. I loved the idea of basing a work on the whimsical wonder of Michael's Australian Christmas cartoons. I said to Roland, to capture the atmosphere of this time of year, I must start writing 'December' in December. And that's why this was one of two works I was writing when Sydney was gripped by the Martin Place hostage crisis. As I wrote in the program note for my orchestral piece Untitled (Dec 2014) for Orchestra, Martin Place is a ten-minute walk from my home across Woolloomooloo Bay and I'm there several times a week. During the crisis, my friends who worked in banks and other buildings were stuck, cordoned in by the police. Early the next day, we saw the start of the sea of flowers.
Instrumentation: Vocal ensemble, handbells (played by the vocalists).
Duration: 6 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Song Company.. Commissioned with the assistance of Kathie and Reg Grinberg.
Additional notes can be found on the composer's website here
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