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Whispers and cries : for choir, percussion quartet, and keyboards

by Andrew Byrne (2009)

Whispers and cries


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Whispers and cries : for choir, percussion quartet, and keyboards / Andrew Byrne.

Library shelf no. 782.5547/BYR 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Whispers and Cries is conceived as part cantata, part ritual theatre. In this piece, there is no text; instead the singers' vocalisations suggest a kind of strange folk music or ancient incantation.

The music material comprises simple repeating patterns that can be easily memorised, and it is recommended that singers (and musicians whenever possible) perform without the score. Liberated from the score, the performers are free to move around the space using movement to mirror developments in the music.

— Andrew Byrne

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: SATB choir (min. 12 singers), percussion (4 players), piano, organ, regal (optional). Can be performed either with a massed choir or with solo voices on each of the parts).

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Song for Voice -- II. Song for Crotales -- III. Song for Piano -- IV. Pandemonium.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Astra Choir, John McCaughey. "Whispers and Cries is dedicated to John McCaughey and the Astra Choir with gratitude and thanks."

First performance: by Astra Choir, Speak Percussion, John McCaughey — 24 Sep 11. Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank, Melbourne

Performances of this work

24 Sep 11: Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank, Melbourne. Featuring Astra Choir, Speak Percussion, John McCaughey.

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