Ship song : for treble voices (SSA) and piano
by Paul-Antoni Bonetti (2014)
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Library shelf no. 782.7542/BON 1 [Available for loan]
Ship Song is a lilting, wistful song that tells the
story of a young woman who is farewelling the sailor that she
loves, before he sets off in his ship for the high and turbulent
seas. She begins by reflecting on the sorrow of their parting,
the danger of the stormy seas, and later is overjoyed at his
The piece originally started out life as a song for solo soprano and lute. It is one of the first pieces I ever composed, and dates back to the time that I began to develop an interest composing and songwriting in my early senior high school years. I was delighted to premiere this with my Cantus girls choir at Mansfield State High School, who enjoyed the process of putting this piece together.
Instrumentation: Treble voices (SSA), piano.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Very singable, tuneful and easy to learn melodic lines in all parts. Some challenging but rewarding chromatic melodic intervals in the alto part. Mostly 2-part throughout, with one section in 3-part SSA.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Cantus girls choir singers at Mansfield State High School, Brisbane
Commission note: Commissioned for the use of Cantus girls choir, Mansfield State High School, Brisbane
First performance: 24 Oct 14. Mansfield State High School Hall, Brisbane.
Performances of this work
24 Oct 14: Mansfield State High School Hall, Brisbane.
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