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The land is healed : ban.garay! : for a cappella choir SATB

by Paul Stanhope (2014)

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Performance by Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope from the CD Lux Aeterna

Lux Aeterna


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Lux Aeterna : Sydney Chamber Choir / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. CD 2884 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This movement for a cappella choir is drawn from the dramatic cantata "Jandamarra - Sing for the Country". The piece tells of a moment of triumph for the Bunuba people as Jandamarra sings the Snake Spirit Yilimbirri Unggud back to his spring. This is a sign of the country being healed through the power of song. The healing of the land, the power of song and respect for culture are all strong thematic threads explored throughout the cantata and are brought into focus in this movement. It is both reflective and celebratory in tone.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: SATB choir.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Gondwana Chorale, Brett Weymark — 16 Jul 14. Performed as part of the cantata "Jandamarra – Sing for the Country", Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House


Resonate article: Works by Hsieh & Stanhope at ISCM World Music Days 2016 by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

6 Oct 2023: at Adelaide Chamber Choir Festival - Program One (Christ Church North Adelaide).

21 Jan 2021: at Sydney Chamber Choir: Cycles (York Theatre, Seymour Centre). Featuring Sydney Chamber Choir, Sam Allchurch.

26 Oct 2018: at SCM Symphony Orchestra and SCM Choirs (Verbrugghen Hall).

16 Jul 14: Performed as part of the cantata "Jandamarra – Sing for the Country", Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House. Featuring Gondwana Chorale, Brett Weymark.

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