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Love is born : for SSATBarB choir and piano

by Ruth McCall (2015)

Love is born


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Love is born : for SSATBarB choir and piano / Ruth McCall ; text by Michael Leunig.

Library shelf no. 782.5542/MCC 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I wanted to compose a piece of music for 6-parts using a text by Michael Leunig, so I wrote to him to ask for his permission. My final sentence at the end of my email was that I hoped he would say hello to the duck for me. He replied by saying that he and the duck had discussed it, and that I would be allowed to go ahead with the project. Thank goodness! You can never tell with ducks.

This piece has moments of static, such as the beginning and the end, where there is a sense of prolonged and suspended time. The middle section has waves of melody, where love tends to overwhelm and reach a peak. This piece should be sung strongly with a sense of flow in the rhythms.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Mixed voices: SSATBArB, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — This is an ecstatic piece with challenging rhythms for the singers, and a rich, complex piano part.

First performance: by University of Newcastle Chamber Choir — May 16. Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Lyric, Ecstatic

The opening bars create the effect of an echo, or a cascade of multiple voices.

Performances of this work

May 16: Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW. Featuring University of Newcastle Chamber Choir.

2016: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Dulwich Hill, Sydney

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