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The wanderer : treble choir with chamber ensemble

by Dan Walker (2006)

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Performance by Sally Whitwell, Helena Rathbone, Aiko Goto, Nicole Forsyth, Daniel Yeadon, Maxine Bibeau from the CD Dreamings

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Dreamings / Gondwana Voices ; Lyn Williams & Mark O'Leary, conductors.

Library shelf no. CD 1577 [Available for loan]



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The wanderer : choir and piano score / text and music by Dan Walker.

Library shelf no. 782.7542/WAL 3 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The Wanderer celebrates the joy of flight and adventure. The title refers to the Wandering Albatross, great traveller of the southern skies. The vocal lines in the first section are long and interrupted, reflecting the effortless soaring of these magnificent birds. The second section consists of a canonic melody which is then layered with ostinati in Indigenous Sydney language. The words, "Wumera, and Wara-wara" are words for flight and ocean. This piece has become very popular, sung all over the world, and would suit voices of all ages.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Children's choir, piano. Or with string accompaniment (2 violins, viola, cello, double bass). Ideally the strings should be played as chamber orchestra ( but will work with one per part.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Easy — some mixed metre, simple ostinati in Indigenous language

Commission note: Commissioned by Newington College Junior School, Sydney

Lyrics by the composer. Indigenous words from Gadigal language.

Performances of this work

4 May 2014: at Choral@Montsalvat (Montsalvat).

26 Apr 2013: at I Dream A World: Songs from Seven Continents (Wesley of Warragul). Featuring West Gippsland Chorale, Simon Loveless.

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