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Notes from the Borigove : 3 pieces for mixed choir, a cappella

by John Arthur Grant (2016)

Work Overview

Three pieces for choir, with a suggested order, but they could also be performed individually, together as a suite in any order, or interspersed with other items. Rather than a formal text, syllables and vocalisations are used as sound sources.

These works make much use of the intervals of a minor third and semitone, continuing my fascination.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Mixed choir, 4- and 5-part, preferably 20+ performers. 

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Slow movements are of medium difficulty, fast movement is more advanced.

Contents note: 1. Dee-oo-ah (for 4-part choir, SATB ; Soft and gentle) --  2. Ka-dl-ah-du (for 5-part choir, S, A, "middle", T, B. The "middle" group is a mixed section, male/female alto/tenor, but could also be entirely altos or tenors, depending on available singers ; Should be performed with short, sharp syllables and high energy, and with a light-hearted sense of fun) -- 3. Du-ma-lo (for 4-part choir, SATB ; Soft and gentle, but a little louder than the first piece).

Written for: Astra Choir

First performance: by Astra Choir, John McCaughey — 2016. Church Of All Nations, Carlton VIC

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Contemporary Classical, Post-Classical, Soft, Tranquil, Energetic, Vocalisation.

Performances of this work

2016: Church Of All Nations, Carlton VIC. Featuring Astra Choir, John McCaughey.

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