Choral scenes : a work for speakers, chorus and instruments
by Helen Gifford (1999)
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Choral scenes : the Western Front, World War I / The Astra Choir with speakers and instruments ; conductor: John McCaughey
Library shelf no. CD 2061 [Not for loan]
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Choral scenes : the Western Front, World War I, a work for speakers, chorus and instruments / Helen Gifford.
Library shelf no. 782.5547/GIF 1 [Available for loan]
Instrumentation: SATB choir, male speakers, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, bass tuba in F, cello/mandolin/guitar, small organ or synthesiser, percussion (2 players), (sopranos and altos play angklung in one section).
Duration: 45 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Contents note: And some there be / Ecclesiasticus -- Vox mortuorum, nox pertpetua (Latin phrase) -- The dead / RenÃ© Arcos -- Wache (Guard duty) / August Stramm -- Exposure / Wilfred Owen -- For all we have and are / Rudyard Kipling -- The trenches / Frederic Manning -- Counter-attack / Siegfried Sassoon -- In Flanders fields / John McRae -- Grotesque with 2 soldiers' songs & Chorale Der du bist drei / Frederic Manning -- Lazarett (Clearing station) / Wilhelm Klemm -- RelÃ¨ve (Relief) / Charles Vildrac -- Third Ypres / Edmund Blunden -- For the fallen / Laurence Binyon -- Shadow / Guillaume Apollinaire -- The farmer remembers the Somme / Vance Palmer -- Adieu, the years are a broken song / anon. Australian.
Dedication note: Dedicated to the war dead, who are not able to speak to future generations
Text is by poets, most of whom fought in World War I, including Guillaume Apollinaire, René Arcos, Laurence Binyon, Edmund Blunden, Rudyard Kipling, Wilhelm Klemm, Frederic Manning, John McRae, Wilfred Owen, Vance Palmer, Siegfried Sassoon, August Stramm and Charles Vildrac.
Different instrumentation for each song, and some songs are choir a cappella or have speaker and instruments only.
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Performances of this work
11 Sep 99: St. Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne. Featuring Craig Hill, Paul Kopetz, Rosanne Hunt, David Martin, John McCaughey, John Arcaro, Robert Cossom, Graeme Leak, Helen Gifford, Kim Bastin, Astra Choir, Moyra O'Byrne, Mardi McSullea.
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