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Then the prophet Miriam : for church organ and SATB choir

by Ruth Lee Martin (2009)

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Performance by Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne from the CD vision of wildflowers

vision of wildflowers


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Work Overview

Then the prophet Miriam is a setting from Exodus 15 20-21. This piece shows influences of Scottish folk music - particularly in the use of modes, and minimalist technques combined with a touch of early Renaissance sacred music. The organ is used not only to supply a wonderful deep resonance and foundation for the voices but it also a rich trapestry of sound around which the voices are woven. The music has ecstatic moments along with moments of lyrical serenity. The biblical text gives prominence to a powerful woman who knew the joy of music and dance.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: SATB choir, organ.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to my niece Miriam Pollard

Commission note: Commissioned by Philip Nicholls for performance by Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne.

First performance: by Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones — Oct 08. Trinity College Chapel, Melbourne

The composer cites the following influences on this work:

Renaissance sacred music, minimalism, Scottish folk music, drones, modal, lyrical


Performances of this work

Oct 08: Trinity College Chapel, Melbourne. Featuring Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones.

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