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On Earth as in Heaven : for SATB choir

by Anne Cawrse (2017)

Work Overview

1. When The Heart (Michael Leunig)

2. I Am Not Yours (Sara Teasdale)

3. God Help Us/There Will Be Rest (Leunig/Teasdale)

The title, On Earth As In Heaven, connects this set of songs with the notion of immanence - the divine manifest in the material, human world. Leunig goes as far as to call some of his poems 'Prayers', potentially offering words which sit more in 'heaven' than on 'earth'. But Leunig's stray dogs and singing birds (not to mention his 'direction finding duck') sit comfortably alongside Teasdale's snow-covered rooftops, shining stars and wind-blown candles. In both worlds and in all three songs, there is a sense of humanity moving forward in spite of the pain that inevitably comes with living. As the composer, charged with bringing these words to life with music, it is my hope that I have done justice to the honesty, vulnerability and intimate beauty of these texts.

Composed as a set of three songs, each song may also sit independently from the others. When The Heart is a (predominantly) 4-part SATB setting. I Am Not Yours requires SSAATTBB with mulitple divisi throughout. God Help Us/There Will Be Rest is predominantly SSATBarB with some further divisi.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: SATB choir.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. When The Heart (text by Michael Leunig) -- 2. I Am Not Yours (text by Sara Teasdale) -- 3. God Help Us/There Will Be Rest (text by Leunig/Teasdale).

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers with funds provided by Adelaide Chamber Singers Supporters' Fund.

First performance: by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Christie Anderson — 26 Aug 17. Pilgrim Uniting Church, Flinders Street, Adelaide

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2018 Art Music Awards: State Awards Winner: SA State Award Anne Cawrse
2018 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist Anne Cawrse


Resonate article: 2018 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

26 Aug 17: Pilgrim Uniting Church, Flinders Street, Adelaide. Featuring Adelaide Chamber Singers, Christie Anderson.

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