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Blood is strong (sa choir with full orchestra)

by Ruth Lee Martin (2001)

blood is strong


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The blood is strong : for treble choir and orchestra / Ruth Lee Martin.

Library shelf no. 782.654/MAR 1 [Available for loan]

blood is strong

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Work Overview

This work was commissioned by the Canberra community music group Music for Everyone through Australia Council funding. It is scored for orchestra and SSAA choir. This work explores what it means to be a migrant in Australia including the grief of leaving the home country and the excitement and fear of building a new life in an adopted land. The vocal score uses lines of migrant poetry to form a kind of poetic mosaic. The title is taken from a poem by an anonymous Highland emigrant to Canada in the 1800s. The piece is relatively easy to play. 

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: SSA treble choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, percussion, strings.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Easy — Relatively easy but long notes in strings need care with tuning

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