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Above the water : for SSAATTBB choir

by Clare Maclean (2015)

Above the water


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Above the water : SSAATTBB / Clare Maclean ; text by John Carroll, and Rabanus Maurus.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/MAC 7 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The text of Above the Water combines the words of the hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, with two poems by John Carroll, which recollect scenes of water birds at Lake Menindee. The hymn melody forms a thread through most of the work, in fragments or whole phrases. In this context the water birds of Menindee take on a metaphorical significance in relation to the human spirit and loss, and the title, taken from the second poem, makes reference to the Spirit hovering over the deep in Genesis.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Unaccompanied choir (SSAATTBB).

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Changing time signatures

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Choir with funds provided by Noel Keen.. Commissioned by the Sydney Chamber choir for their 40th anniversary, and sponsored by Noel Keen.

First performance: by Sydney Chamber Choir, Nicholas Routley at Sydney Chamber Choir: Creativity + Loss (The Great Hall, University of Sydney) on 14 Jun 2015


Performances of this work

14 Jun 2015: at Sydney Chamber Choir: Creativity + Loss (The Great Hall, University of Sydney). Featuring Sydney Chamber Choir, Nicholas Routley.

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