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As wave drives wave, opus 115 : SATB choir

by Andrew Schultz (2021)

As wave drives wave, opus 115


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As wave drives wave, opus 115 / Andrew Schultz ; text from Ovid, Metamorphoses.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/SCH 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"As wave drives wave,
And each, pursued,
Pursues the next."
As wave drives wave is an a capella choral setting of memorable lines by Ovid which he in turn drew from Pythagoras' The Eternal Flux. The motion of the waves and their restless renewal is used as a metaphor for the certainty of perpetual change in the universe.
In this setting the text has been adapted and personalised. The imagery in the text is very beautiful and possibly even a little melancholy - or maybe granitic and philosophical and hence, sadness is irrelevant.
The piece is based on slow-moving harmony with sequences of overlapping and interlocking chords - as if suspensions or waves pushing waves. The work is an eight part SATB setting but a lot of the work is really in four parts with pairs of voices starting in unison and then splitting.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Choir (SATB).

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir.

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