Butterflies dance : SATB choir
by Matthew Orlovich (2009)
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Colourful butterflies come fluttering to the ocean from mountains, valleys, hills and plains. Arriving at the coast, they dance above the waves, disappearing "in the motion of the ocean or maybe in the belly of a fish."
Butterfly, butterfly dance the dance to die
come kiss the salt of the ocean.
My setting of the text makes use of rhythmic repetition of words and syllables to evoke a sense of the butterflies' beating wings. Against this gentle, fluttering word play, I have scored elongated, arching melodies.
I sincerely thank The Australian Voices for commissioning the work and gratefully acknowledge Magabala Books for granting permission to set the poem to music.
Instrumentation: Unaccompanied SATB choir
Duration: 4 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by The Australian Voices.
First performance: 27 Aug 09. Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD, Australia
The work is a setting of a poem of the same name by the indigenous Australian author, Michael J. Smith.
Performances of this work
9 Apr 2015: at Choralfest (Wesley College (St Kilda)).
27 Aug 09: Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD, Australia
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