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Carol of the font : SATB choir

by Becky Llewellyn (2002)



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Library shelf no. CD 1848 [Not for loan]

Carol of the font


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Carol of the font / text by George Herbert ; music by Becky Llewellyn.

Library shelf no. 782.28/LLE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Carol of the Font is the second in the George Herbert cycle I've called Soul Architecture, using built features of a church as a symbolic bridge into our hearts. Like Berceuse, my instrumental lullaby, this is an evocation of the tenderness of the birth and early nurturing time.

In the 17th century, it was by no means sure that an infant would survive their early months, so baptisms became an important gate into God's world for believers. Using Herbert's poem Holy Baptism II, I have tried to imbue this work with the sounds of water dripping from the font onto an infant's head to accompany with the prayers of parents for growth and health that all parents pray in their own way.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: SATB choir.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Syntony

Commission note: Commissioned by Syntony.

First performance: by Syntony — 24 Aug 02. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Flinders St, Adelaide

This gentle rocking carol would be lovely at Christmas or for a christening. The composer has tried to emulate the donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem as part of this lullaby.

Text from the poem 'Carol of the font' by George Herbert.

Carol of the Font, performed by the Adelaide ensemble Syntony, was runner up in the vocal category of the 2008 Classical Music Awards held at the Sydney Opera House on 21 July 2008.


Resonate article: 2008 Classical Music Awards - Finalists by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

17 Nov 07: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Flinders St, Adelaide. Featuring Syntony.

24 Aug 02: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Flinders St, Adelaide. Featuring Syntony.

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