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Sudden Light : for SATBarB Choir

by Carl Crossin (2014)

Sudden Light


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Sudden Light / Carl Crossin ; words by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/CRO 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Sudden Light is a setting of a poem by the 19th century pre-Raphaelite poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The harmonic and melodic language of the work are accessible to good chamber choirs and draws on Gregorian Chant (including the "Lux Aeterna" plainsong) for some of it's melodic material. Given the dichotomy between 'eternal light', the 'sudden light' of realisation, and Arvo Part's belief that "the instant and eternity are struggling within us", the work also subtly references Arvo Part's multi-versioned "Fratres".

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: SSATBarB choir.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.. This work was commissioned for performances at the Polyfollia Choral Festival & Marketplace in Normandy, France in 2014.

First performance: by Adelaide Chamber Singers — 28 Jun 14. Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide, SA

Performances of this work

20 Oct 14: Pollyfollia Choral Festival, Normandy, France. Featuring Adelaide Chamber Singers.

29 Jun 14: The Church of the Epiphany, Crafers, SA. Featuring Adelaide Chamber Singers.

28 Jun 14: Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide, SA. Featuring Adelaide Chamber Singers.

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