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If Christ had been born in another time : for a cappella SATB choir

by Matthew Orlovich (2008)

If Christ had been born in another time

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If Christ had been born in another time : for a cappella SATB choir / Matthew Orlovich.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/ORL 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Opening with the distinctive calls of Laughing Kookaburras, the scene is set for a new, Australian take on the age-old story of the Nativity.

Through a series of questions posed, the poet depicts Mary and Joseph travelling through the Australian outback. 'Would there have been no room in the pub?' 'Would they have been turned away while drovers and stockmen jostled the bar toasting the end of the day?' Would the Wise Men have brought gifts of 'perfume and oil from the eucalypt tree' or 'gold from a river's bed?'

Inspired by Edwards's strong imagery and fired up by the excitement and sense of celebration which is inherent in the story of the Nativity, I arrived at musical ideas which exhibit an energy and a rhythmic drive that propels the music to an uplifting conclusion, whereupon the choir sings, once more, the poem's opening verse:

If Christ had been born in another time
in a town of a different name,
If Christ had been born under southern skies
would the story have been the same?

Having set the scene at the commencement of the work, the Laughing Kookaburras return to have the last word.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: SATB choir.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Oriana Chorale.. Commissioned by Oriana Chorale

First performance: by Tobias Cole, Oriana Chorale — 21 Dec 08. National Museum of Australia, Canberra

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Performances of this work

13 Oct 2013: at Aussie Gold (Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir.

16 Dec 2012: at Bright Stars (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Graeme Morton, Brisbane Chamber Choir.

5 Aug 2012: at Brisbane Chamber Choir: Laughter and Lament (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Graeme Morton, Brisbane Chamber Choir.

21 Dec 08: National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Featuring Tobias Cole, Oriana Chorale.

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