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Southern Cross chants : for 6 or more voices

by Ross Edwards (2004)

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Performance by Song Company, Roland Peelman from the CD Kalkadunga yurdu

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Southern Cross chants : for 6 or more voices / Ross Edwards.

Library shelf no. 783.16554/EDW 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Southern Cross Chants is a further exploration of the astronomical text provided by Fred Watson for my choral Fourth Symphony, Star Chant (2001). It consists of a series of modules, each of which may be detached for separate performance.
The text celebrates stars and constellations of the southern skies by juxtaposing their classical, scientific and Australian Aboriginal names. The first module, for example, pairs the words for the constellation Hydra with Unwala: Hydra being the water-snake of ancient Greek legend, whose head is Unwala the Crab to the people of Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The work thus attempts a musical fusion of art and science whilst recognizing that Australia's indigenous cultures were possibly the world's first astronomers.
Southern Cross Chants was commissioned by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust for The Song Company. It was first performed in Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, on 2 December 2004. The Song Company was conducted by Roland Peelman, to whom the work is dedicated.
Composed for 6 solo voices, it can be performed by larger groups with some solo singers for particular sections such as the Antares solo chants. Occasional drones can be added by an instrument such as the didgeridoo.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: 6 voices: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass.Singers and conductor also play limited percussion.Can be performed by larger groups with some solo singers for particular sections such as the Antares solo chants.

Duration: 20 min.

Contents note: Hydra-sirius-formalhaut -- Antares -- Scorpius -- Proxima Centauri -- Crux Australis.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Roland Peelman

Commission note: Commissioned by Ian Potter Cultural Trust for performance by Song Company.

Performances of this work

5 Aug 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Pinctada Cable Beach Resort Broome). Featuring Song Company.

3 Aug 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (One Arm Point School WA). Featuring Song Company.

2 Aug 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Djarindjin/Lombadina School WA). Featuring Song Company.

1 Aug 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Sacred Heart Church Beagle Bay). Featuring Song Company.

30 Jul 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Pinctada Kimberley Grande Kununurra). Featuring Song Company.

27 Jul 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Darwin Entertainment Centre). Featuring Song Company.

25 Jul 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Batchelor Institute WA). Featuring Song Company.

23 Jul 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Ningaloo Resort). Featuring Song Company.

20 Jul 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Gwoonwardu Mia - Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage Cultural Centre). Featuring Song Company.

18 Jul 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Queens Park Theatre Geraldton). Featuring Song Company.

17 Jul 2011: at Kalkadunga Man (Perth Concert Hall). Featuring Song Company.

7 Mar 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (Frensham School). Featuring Roland Peelman, Song Company.

4 Mar 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

28 Feb 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (Orange Civic Theatre). Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

25 Feb 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (City Recital Hall Angel Place). Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

23 Feb 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (National Museum of Australia). Featuring Roland Peelman, Song Company.

21 Feb 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre). Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

19 Feb 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall). Featuring Roland Peelman, Song Company.

18 Feb 2009: at Kalkadunga Man (Casula Powerhouse). Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

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