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Holy Dreaming : a setting of 'A Thanksgiving for Australia' by Rev. Lenore Parker

by Alice Chance (2018)

Holy Dreaming


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Holy Dreaming : for a cappella SSAATTBB choir and solo SATB quartet / Alice Chance.

Library shelf no. 782.55525/CHA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Holy Dreaming is the result of being asked to write a musical companion for Ross Edwards' Mass of the Dreaming: 'Missa Alchera'. Ross Edwards' music has been hugely formational for my own artistic voice, having provided inspiration and sanctuary for me ever since my teen years. Creating something worthy of companionship with the Edwards Mass, simultaneously honouring it and bringing forth something original, has been a lofty summit to scale.

Holy Dreaming has come about through my deep meditation on the words of 'A Thanksgiving for Australia' by Reverend Lenore Parker, examining them, turning them over, and searching for the natural dances within words and phrases. I feel I've composed a duet between my own music and the inherent music I've heard within the text.

Alice Chance, April 2018

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by University of Melbourne for performance by Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

First performance: 5 Aug 18. Evensong at Horsfall Chapel, Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences etc. associated with this work:
'Missa Alchera' by Ross Edwards, Paul Stanhope, 'Christ the King' by Claire Maclean

Performances of this work

8 May 2022: at Ancient Lands (St Augustine’s Catholic Church (Balmain)). Featuring Bel a cappella.

26 Mar 2022: at Bowral Autumn Music Festival 2022 (St Jude's, Bowral). Featuring Bel a cappella, Anthony Pasquill.

23 May 2021: at Willoughby Symphony Orchestra - Next Chapters (Online). Featuring Sarah Penicka-Smith.

5 Aug 18: Evensong at Horsfall Chapel, Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

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