The hooves of fate : for SSAATTBB choir with percussion
by Dan Walker (2015)
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The hooves of fate : for SSAATTBB choir with percussion / text from 'The blue horses' by James McAuley ; music by Dan Walker.
Library shelf no. 782.5542/WAL 10 [Available for loan]
This large work is a setting of the second section of James McAuley's poem 'The Blue Horses'. The contrasts between the beautiful imagery and the unmasked vitriol in the text is reflected in the various sections of the music. Slow quiet sections butt up against faster, rhythmically driving material: the percussion suggesting the the incessant clamour of a factory production line or construction site. This piece presents several challenges for the performers, with many divisi within voice-parts and chromatic and often audacious harmonic progressions. It would suit a fine tertiary or semi-professional ensemble.
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir, percussion (shaker, tambourine, woodblock, hand drum or darabouka).
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Physically demanding and harmonically challenging
Commission note: Commissioned by Voyces.
First performance: by Voyces — Apr 15. Choralfest, Melbourne
Performances of this work
Apr 15: Choralfest, Melbourne. Featuring Voyces.
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