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Above the water

Sheet Music: Score

Above the water : SSAATTBB / Clare Maclean ; text by John Carroll, and Rabanus Maurus.

by Clare Maclean (2015)


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The text of Above the Water combines the words of the hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, with two poems by John Carroll, which recollect scenes of water birds at Lake Menindee. The hymn melody forms a thread through most of the work, in fragments or whole phrases. In this context the water birds of Menindee take on a metaphorical significance in relation to the human spirit and loss, and the title, taken from the second poem, makes reference to the Spirit hovering over the deep in Genesis.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (18p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Changing time signatures

Duration: 7 min.

Commission info: Commissioned by the Sydney Chamber choir for their 40th anniversary, and sponsored by Noel Keen.

First performance by Sydney Chamber Choir, Nicholas Routley at Sydney Chamber Choir: Creativity + Loss (The Great Hall, University of Sydney) on 14 Jun 2015

Includes programme notes, performance directions, and full text.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720158-04-4

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