On Earth as in Heaven : for SATB choir
by Anne Cawrse (2017)
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Library shelf no. 782.55547/CAW 1 [Available for loan]
1. When The Heart (Michael Leunig)
2. I Am Not Yours (Sara Teasdale)
3. God Help Us/There Will Be Rest (Leunig/Teasdale)
The title, On Earth As In Heaven, connects this set of songs with the notion of immanence - the divine manifest in the material, human world. Leunig goes as far as to call some of his poems 'Prayers', potentially offering words which sit more in 'heaven' than on 'earth'. But Leunig's stray dogs and singing birds (not to mention his 'direction finding duck') sit comfortably alongside Teasdale's snow-covered rooftops, shining stars and wind-blown candles. In both worlds and in all three songs, there is a sense of humanity moving forward in spite of the pain that inevitably comes with living. As the composer, charged with bringing these words to life with music, it is my hope that I have done justice to the honesty, vulnerability and intimate beauty of these texts.
Composed as a set of three songs, each song may also sit independently from the others. When The Heart is a (predominantly) 4-part SATB setting. I Am Not Yours requires SSAATTBB with mulitple divisi throughout. God Help Us/There Will Be Rest is predominantly SSATBarB with some further divisi.
Instrumentation: SATB choir.
Duration: 18 min.
Contents note: 1. When The Heart (text by Michael Leunig) -- 2. I Am Not Yours (text by Sara Teasdale) -- 3. God Help Us/There Will Be Rest (text by Leunig/Teasdale).
Awards & Prizes
|2018||Art Music Awards: State Awards||Winner: SA State Award||Anne Cawrse|
|2018||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral||Finalist||Anne Cawrse|
Resonate article: 2018 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
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