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In Flanders fields : for TTBB choir and piano

by Houston Dunleavy (2015)

In Flanders fields


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In Flanders fields : for SATB choir and piano / text by Major John McCrae ; music by Houston Dunleavy.

Version: This product features the SATB Choir with piano version of this work

Library shelf no. 782.5542/DUN 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This little piece began as a teaching aid, to put it kindly. A lot of my students were complaining that they didn't have enough time to finish all of their assignments by the deadlines required in their course - including their composition folios.
I got a little tired of hearing this, as you might imagine. So I decided to compose a new work in one day, starting at 9 am and finishing it in time for a rehearsal at 6 pm on the same day. The piece would be composed (and this is where I really grit my teeth) whilst I was performing the duties of my full-time position as Head of Composition and Production, using many of the techniques they were taught in the first third of their degree program.
Thankfully, the piece was ready and photocopied within 15 minutes of the rehearsal that evening. If it hadn't been, I'm fairly sure I would not have written the paragraph above! I'd always wanted to set this moving poem, which we hear often recited and occasionally sung in April or November every year here in Australia. I had a fragment of the opening melodic line in my head for a while, so it was a good starting point to turn it into a piece that had be written within a very specific timeframe.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: TTBB choir, piano.

Duration: 5 min.


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