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blood is strong

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The blood is strong : for treble choir and orchestra / Ruth Lee Martin.

by Ruth Lee Martin (2001)

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  • Instrumentation: SSA treble choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, percussion, strings.
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This work was commissioned by the Canberra community music group Music for Everyone through Australia Council funding. It is scored for orchestra and SSAA choir. This work explores what it means to be a migrant in Australia including the grief of leaving the home country and the excitement and fear of building a new life in an adopted land. The vocal score uses lines of migrant poetry to form a kind of poetic mosaic. The title is taken from a poem by an anonymous Highland emigrant to Canada in the 1800s. The piece is relatively easy to play. 

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (26p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Easy — Relatively easy but long notes in strings need care with tuning

Duration: 12 min.

Includes programme note.

Text includes lines from works by three Australian migrant poets: Rodo Blanco, Kinga Mitchell and Luz Acuna Aguayo.

Copyright held by Ruth Lee Martin.

"Commissioned by Canberra Youth Music for a Centenary of Federation Tour to regional New South Wales and Victoria by the James McCusker Orchestra and the Canberra Youth Singers" -- T.p. verso.

"The premiere was given at Llewellyn Hall at the Canberra School of Music on Sunday 19 August 2001, in a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of Llewellyn Hall" -- T.p. verso.

Computer-notated score.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67300-344-6

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