Singing the Love : SATB chorus
by Ross Edwards (2018)
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A dancing, swaying setting of the joyful Psalm 100 from the King
James Bible gradually takes on attributes of traditional ritual
chant seeking absorption into the unfathomable mystery of life. I
think the Lord who is praised here (in all the lands) may be seen
as a universal symbol of wholeness: of an all-embracing love
capable of binding together and harmonising everything in the
universe. The text is progressively splintered, with some
elements playfully subjected
to varied repetition, and others stretched out to suggest pools of quiet contemplation. The opening lines, with their exhortation to sing, recur as a refrain.
Singing the Love is intended as a celebration of the whole of life, and in particular the love between Ray Turner and Jennifer Seabrook. Jennifer generously funded the commission for the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and Musica Viva Australia, in honour and celebration of Ray's 75th birthday.
Instrumentation: SATB choir. A small woodblock is played by a member of the choir.
Duration: 6 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Jennifer Seabrook for performance by Musica Viva Australia.. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Jennifer Seabrook, celebrating Ray Turner’s 75th birthday and his life-long love of music.
- In the form/style of: Psalms
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