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Songs of The Reef

Sheet Music: Score

Songs of The Reef : Vocal Score / music by Cassie To ; words by Cassie To and Cherissma Blackman-Costello.

by Cassie To (2022)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, (five drums), 2 percussion (crotales, suspended cymbal, crash cymbal, vibraphone, tom-tom, hi-hat, bass drum, suspended cymbal, wood block), piano, strings.
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Songs of the Reef, scored for chorus, orchestra and children's chorus, will explore the extinction and regeneration of coral reefs, setting text by Cherissma Blackman-Costelloe that tells of the Reef's creation story according to the Yidinji people. It will also incorporate recordings of sea creatures, made by renowned marine biologist Professor Steve Simpson, who has worked extensively with Sir David Attenborough on the BBC's landmark Blue Planet 2 series.

Text by Cherissma Blackman-Costelloe 'Daughter of Zion' and Cassie To. Recorded sounds courtesy of Steve Simpson, Professor of Marine Biology & Global Change, University of Bristol.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (81p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 28 min.

Commission info: Commissioned by Crouch End Festival Chorus

First performance by Crouch End Festival Chorus, London Orchestra da Camera, Finchley Children’s Music Group, David Temple at Crouch End Festival Chorus: Adams To Elgar (Alexandra Palace Theatre (London)) on 23 Oct 2022

Includes full text.

Includes programme note.

This vocal score is accompanied by piano.

Typeset edition.

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Songs of the Reef - Crouch End Festival Commission


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