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Butterflies dance

Sheet Music: Score

Butterflies dance : for a cappella SATB choir / Matthew Orlovich.

by Matthew Orlovich (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: Unaccompanied SATB choir

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Colourful butterflies come fluttering to the ocean from mountains, valleys, hills and plains. Arriving at the coast, they dance above the waves, disappearing "in the motion of the ocean or maybe in the belly of a fish."

Butterfly, butterfly dance the dance to die

come kiss the salt of the ocean.

My setting of the text makes use of rhythmic repetition of words and syllables to evoke a sense of the butterflies' beating wings. Against this gentle, fluttering word play, I have scored elongated, arching melodies.

I sincerely thank The Australian Voices for commissioning the work and gratefully acknowledge Magabala Books for granting permission to set the poem to music.

Matthew Orlovich


Published by: Self-published — 1 score

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 4 min.

Commissioned by The Australian Voices.

First performance 27 Aug 09. Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD, Australia

The work is a setting of a poem of the same name by the indigenous Australian author, Michael J. Smith.

Typeset edition.

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