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Sentinels : for singers, speakers and large orchestra

by Andrew Batterham (2004)



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Sentinels : for singers, speakers and large orchestra / Andrew Batterham.

Library shelf no. Q 783.254/BAT 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The work seeks to reconcile change, specifially with regard to developments in music over the past twenty years, and the overwhelming events of recent world history.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Singers: female vocalist (in 'world (Celtic) style), lyric soprano, countertenor, jazz singer. Speakers (in 3rd movt only): 4 voices (voice 2 also sings, voice 4 is male). Orchestra: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, tenor saxophone in B flat (jazz skills required), 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 trumpets in C (1st & 2nd doubling trumpets in D, 4th doubling flugelhorn in B flat, jazz skills required), 4 horns in F, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players, 2nd playing drumkit, jazz, funk skills required), harp, synthesizer (88 key, amplified, jazz skills required), strings (at least

Duration: 45 min.

Contents note: Prelude -- Alternative histories -- Alternative futures.

Sources of lyrics: 2nd movement: Mediaeval poetry, renaissance religious prose, 19th century African American spirituals. 3rd movement: texts drawn from various 20th and 21st century sources.

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