Fire in the heavens : for children's choir a cappella
by Elliott Gyger (2003)
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Library shelf no. CD 1518 [Available for loan]
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Fire in the heavens : for children's choir a cappella / music by Elliott Gyger ; words by Christopher Brennan.
Library shelf no. 782.7554/GYG 2 [Available for loan]
Fire in the heavens sets a text by the early 20th-century Australian poet Christopher Brennan, describing the oppressive power of the noonday sun in the Australian bush. The language is distinguished by great vividness and energy, qualities I have tried to reflect in my setting, which is comparably extreme in its use of word-painting. The choir is divided into three throughout, but with occasional further divisions, creating at times the effect of three different choirs. The most unusual feature of the piece is its exploration of consonant sounds, both percussive and sustained, as equal partners with the vowels in creating musical and expressive effects. The high level of intensity throughout the work perhaps partly reflects the circumstances of its composition, in an unusually cold and snowy Boston winter - while at the same time Sydney was ringed by bushfires.
Instrumentation: Children's choir (divided into 3 groups).
Duration: 5 min.
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