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Isä meidän : SATB choir

by Elliott Gyger (1994)

Audio Sample

From the CD Choral music

Choral music


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Choral music : live recordings 1987-2004 / Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. CD 1518 [Available for loan]

Isä meidän


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Isä meidän / Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. 782.555295/GYG 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Isä meidän (1994) is a simple setting of the Lord's Prayer, written at the request of a Finnish-speaking bride for her Sydney wedding. The key challenge for a composer setting a text in an unfamiliar language is to try and uncover the "music" of the language itself. Finnish is a gift to singers with its crisp consonants and profusion of long, bright vowels, but from the composer's point of view its consistent first-syllable stress necessitates a very particular approach to shaping phrases. My setting introduces each of the four parts in turn with a version of the same melody, but transposed into a different key and recast to fit different lines of text. Stability arrives only in the final section, with the reappearance of the melody in its original key, sung by a solo soprano.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: Soprano solo, SATB choir.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Contemporary Singers — 24 Sep 94. Campbell St Presbyterian Church, Balmain

Text : the Lord's Prayer, translated into Finnish.


Performances of this work

24 Sep 94: Campbell St Presbyterian Church, Balmain. Featuring Contemporary Singers.

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