Sentinels : for singers, speakers and large orchestra
by Andrew Batterham (2004)
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Library shelf no. Q 783.254/BAT 1 [Available for loan]
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.
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 18.104.22.168.8).
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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