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A Chime of Wrens : soprano voice with piano

by Sally Greenaway

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Performance by Jade McFaul, Anthony Smith from the CD Chime of Wrens

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Chime of Wrens


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Work Overview

A Chime of Wrens is an exquisite Art Song by Australian composer Sally Greenaway. Performed by soprano Jade McFaul and pianist Anthony Smith, the piece delivers a heartfelt message from afar, transcending the barriers imposed by distance against a backdrop of unpredictable and unrelenting Covid lockdowns.

"The piece was borne from the wish of Gregg and Dee McFaul," says Greenaway. "They wanted to send a musical hug across the country as a celebration of an 80th birthday milestone and a family's love for mother/grandmother Merlene Poole".

John Banister Tabb's poem embodies quiet resilience and strength through the ups and downs of life. Like a mirror on the poem, Greenaway's song is a joyful and earnest reflection, wondrously providing metaphorical wings to meaningfully celebrate Merlene's love of community, family and her faith.

One little flower still lacked a stem
So into it He breathed a song...
And suddenly, with petals strong
As wings, away it flew.

Work Details

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Dee and Gregg Mcfaul for Merlene Poole on her 80th birthday.

Poem by John Banister Tabb.


A timelapse of the composing of 'A Chime of Wrens'

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