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thus passes... : for double vocal quartet

by Chris Williams (2014)

thus passes...

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thus passes... : for double vocal quartet / Chris Williams.

Library shelf no. 783.185542/WIL 1 [Available for loan]

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thus passes... : for vocal sextet / Chris Williams.

Version: This product features the Sextets: 2 Sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass version of this work

Library shelf no. 783.165542/WIL 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

There are two texts used in the piece. The first is the Latin phrase 'sic transit gloria mundi' (thus passes the glory of the earth), and the other is a list of Latin, biological names for a number of species that are now 'critically endangered' in Australia.

Environmental thinker Glenn Albrecht, suggests that we don't yet have the vocabulary to express our 'psychoterric' states, and proposes, amongst other terms, 'solastalgia' for the desolate feeling associated with the chronic decline of a homescape. In light of this, thus passes… can be regarded a 'solastalgic lament.' The struggle to articulate is also apparent in the sound world of the piece. In addition to using a now dead language, syllables of this language are abstracted in different ways throughout, sometimes becoming pained vocalisations more than words, and creating incomplete, fractured utterances.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Vocal ensemble: 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors, 2 basses.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Sydney Antiphony

First performance: by Sydney Antiphony at Marking time: music for mid-winter (St James' Church (King Street)) on 6 Jul 2014

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Performances of this work

10 Sep 2016: at The Song Company: The Concord of Strangers (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room). Featuring Song Company.

9 Sep 2016: at The Song Company: The Concord of Strangers (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room). Featuring Song Company.

4 Sep 2016: at The Song Company: The Concord of Strangers (Wollongong Art Gallery). Featuring Song Company.

3 Sep 2016: at The Song Company: The Concord of Strangers (Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest). Featuring Song Company.

1 Sep 2016: at The Song Company: The Concord of Strangers (Newcastle Conservatorium). Featuring Song Company.

26 Aug 2016: at The Song Company: The Concord of Strangers (Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Song Company.

6 Jul 2014: at Marking time: music for mid-winter (St James' Church (King Street)). Featuring Sydney Antiphony.

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