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Lo! The Star : SATB choir with organ

by Brett McKern (2006)

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Work Overview

This work is a setting of a text from St Matthew's Gospel, and musically owes a lot to the influence of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's work on the composer. It is, if you like, a homage to him. The fulsome organ part and rich harmonies and modulations would not be out of place in the work of Parry, however, the proliferation of added sevenths and sixths to chords and the polyphonic sections give away another providence. The twentieth and sixteenth centuries have an influence as well.

It is strong and melodic, rich in harmony and texture, all a reflection of music fit for a king, indeed the greatest king. It includes sweeping and soaring melodies and crescendos and dimuendos. It's style makes it extremely suitable for the feast of Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, and like Pentecost, a representation of the beginning of the Christian Church. It's emotional rollercoaster also makes it appropriate for concert use.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: SATB, organ

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: for The Cathedral Singers and their Organ Scholar, Sian Gardiner

First performance: by The Cathedral Singers, Sian Gardner — 6 Jan 07. Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney.

Performances of this work

24 Oct 10: Ku-ring-gai Town Hall, NSW. Featuring The Cathedral Singers.

3 Jan 10: St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney.. Featuring The Cathedral Singers.

10 Jun 07: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta VIC.. Featuring The Cathedral Singers, Sian Gardner.

8 Jun 07: St John's Church, Wagga Wagga NSW. Featuring The Cathedral Singers, Sian Gardner.

6 Jan 07: Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney.. Featuring The Cathedral Singers, Sian Gardner.

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