Red C blues : vocal quartet
by Fred Hill (1998)
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This work was conceived as an anthem for the Seder ceremony. The bass ostinato and minor melodic line, mirroring the suffering of the Israelites under the Pharaohs, a theme made universal by many African-American spirituals. The final verse briefly shifts from the minor mode to the major, envisaging the prospect of an as yet elusive freedom.
This work was originally conceived as a feature in the Seder (Passover) celebration for the Inner West Chavurah at the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 1998.
Instrumentation: A cappella vocal quartet (SATB) or mixed chorus.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Swing phrasing
Dedication note: Inner-west Chavurah
First performance: by Fred Hill — Apr 98. Annandale Community Centre, NSW
Lyrics by the composer.
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc associate with this work:
The work is informed by my deep love of and involvement with jazz and blues in its various forms, especially in the underlying rhythm and close harmonization.
The soprano lead should be able to improvise a "scat" chorus over the final vamp. Number of repeats ad lib.
Performances of this work
Apr 98: Annandale Community Centre, NSW. Featuring Fred Hill.
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