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os anthos chortou : as the flower of the grass

by Clare Maclean (2004)

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Performance by Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope from the CD Osanna

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os anthos chortou : as the flower of the grass, for unaccompanied chorus / Clare Maclean

Library shelf no. 782.55542/MAC 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece is a setting of Sappho's fragment 31, and uses a mixture of minor and octatonic modes.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by St Louis Chamber Chorus.

First performance: by St Louis Chamber Chorus, Philip Barnes — 14 Nov 04. Third Baptist Church, St Louis MO, USA

The work is modal, octatonic.

Text translation: He seems to me to be like the gods that man who sits opposite you and hears you sweetly speaking and pleasantly laughing, for me my heart flutters in my breast when I see you suddenly and it is impossible for me to speak, but my tongue sticks and at once a thin fire runs beneath my skin and my eyes see nothing and my ears roar, and sweat pours down me and trembling seizes me totally and I am greener than grass and I seem to myself little short of dead. but all is bearable, since even a poor man… Translation: Avery Springer


  • In the form/style of: Modal

Performances of this work

14 Nov 04: Third Baptist Church, St Louis MO, USA. Featuring St Louis Chamber Chorus, Philip Barnes.

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