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Sailing for the sun : for unaccompanied SATB chorus

by John Peterson (2008)

Sailing for the sun


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Sailing for the sun : for unaccompanied SATB chorus / John Peterson.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/PET 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The first performance of this piece was at a beach at sunrise and I have, therefore, tried to ensure that the character of the music reflects, in some ways, the geographical setting and the circumstances surrounding the early morning performance. To this end the music moves from a slow and mysterious beginning, evoking the pre-dawn light, towards a confident and positive ending that is meant to coincide with the arrival of the sun's rays over the beach.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: SATB choir.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia.. Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia for 'Dawn Chorus', an event presented as part of the Sydney Festival, 2009

First performance: by Sydney Philharmonia — 10 Jan 09. Balmoral Beach, Sydney

Texts taken from writings of Li Po (701-762): 'Farewell to Meng Hao-jan' and 'The Hard Road'.

Performances of this work

10 Jan 09: Balmoral Beach, Sydney. Featuring Sydney Philharmonia.

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