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Work

A birthday (vocal quintets)

by Vaughan McAlley (2010)

Audio Sample

Performance by Angeli Vocal Ensemble from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 46.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 46.

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CD

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 46.

Library shelf no. CD 2547 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

A Birthday was composed for the wedding of my friends Kate McBride and Tom Reid. The poetry by Christina Rosetti (1830-1894) joyfully depicts the potential of new (and of not-so-new) love:

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

The poetry is very sensuous, and I have tried to depict this in the music.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: SATTB choir, or five vocal soloists.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires good tuning

Dedication note: Written for the wedding of Kate McBride and Tom Reid, 24 April 2010.

First performance: by Katy Norman, Leonie Tonkin, Vaughan McAlley, Peter Campbell, Thomas Drent — 24 Apr 10. Butleigh Wootton, Kew

The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc on this work:
Choral, just intonation, madrigal, renaissance.

Subjects

Performances of this work

26 Jun 11: Trinity College Chapel, Parkville, Vic. Featuring Angeli Vocal Ensemble.

24 Apr 10: Butleigh Wootton, Kew. Featuring Katy Norman, Leonie Tonkin, Vaughan McAlley, Peter Campbell, Thomas Drent.

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