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Work

Veni sancte spiritus, veni creator : SATB choir

by Jennifer Fowler (1971, this version: 1979)

Audio Sample

Performance by James Renwick, Contemporary Singers, Antony Walker from the CD Sydney dreaming

Sydney dreaming

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CD

Sydney dreaming / The Contemporary Singers, Antony Walker.

Library shelf no. CD 367 [Available for loan]

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Score

Veni sancte spiritus - veni creator / Jennifer Fowler.

Library shelf no. 782.55522/FOW 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The plainsong Veni Creator Spiritus and the Dunstable motet of the same title as this piece, are used as the starting points for an exploration of a process of "built-in resonance".

A canon has always been an "echo device", but in this piece the canonic voices proceed at fluctuating speeds, so that the time relationship between the voices is constantly shifting.

Throughout the piece, a single line is used, but decorated and smudged outwards in such a way that the resulting sound can be directionized and shaped.

Work Details

Year: 1971, this version: 1979

Instrumentation: 12 voices (3 sopranos, 3 altos, 2 tenors, 4 basses) or chamber choir.1st tenor sings as a soloist

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: For Phyllida

First performance: 13 Sep 72. Gaudeamus International Music Week, the Netherlands

Selected for performance at ISCM World Music Days, Brussels, 1981.

Commended in Competition for Women Composers, GEDOK, Mannheim, Germany, 1976.

Performances of this work

Oct 93: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, NSW. Featuring Antony Walker, Contemporary Singers.

Sep 93: American Express Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Featuring Contemporary Singers, Antony Walker.

Sep 92: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, NSW. Featuring Antony Walker, Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir.

Jun 91: Great Hall, University of Sydney. Featuring Sydney Chamber Choir, Antony Walker.

Mar 88: Centre d'Acion Couterelle, Corbeil-Essouis, Paris. Featuring Gregory Rose, Groupe Vocale de Paris.

Mar 88: Auditorium des Halles, Port St Eustache, Paris. Featuring Gregory Rose, Groupe Vocale de Paris.

Oct 84: Sydney University Great Hall. Featuring Charles Coleman, Song Company.

Sep 81: ISCM World Music Days, St Servais Church, Brussels, Belgium. Featuring Vic Nees, BRT Radio Choir.

13 Sep 72: Gaudeamus International Music Week, the Netherlands

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