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Song for Mariam : for a cappella choir or vocal ensemble

by Jenna Cave (2005, this version: 2016)

Song for Mariam


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Song for Mariam : for a cappella choir or vocal ensemble / Jenna Cave.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/CAV 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Song for Mariam is a simple piece written for SATB a cappella choir or small vocal ensemble. It draws influence from jazz with an importance placed on a rhythmically secure, steady, driving beat and the use of scat syllables in place of lyrics. These sounds should imitate how the syllables would be spoken, with softer consonants used than in typical choral pronunciation.

The form is simple and symmetrical: Introduction, AA, BB, AA and Ending (a recap of the introduction.) The composition is built upon a repeated four chord harmonic progression: G/D, C, G/B, Bbma13#11, over which a simple tuneful melody is stated. The bridge changes harmonic tact with a twice repeated progression: Ab, Eb/G, Cma7sus2, C

Originally composed in 2005, this version was completed in 2016.

Work Details

Year: 2005, this version: 2016

Instrumentation: SATB choir or vocal ensemble.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Changes in tonality may be harder for non-experienced singers to pitch

Dedication note: For my friend Mariam

First performance: by ANU Jazz Vocal Group — 2005. ANU School of Music


Performances of this work

2005: ANU School of Music. Featuring ANU Jazz Vocal Group.

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