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Resonance : SATB choir

by Sally Greenaway (2015)

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Performance by The Resonants, Helen Swan from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Library shelf no. CD 2734 [Available for loan]



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Resonance / music by Sally Greenaway ; lyrics by Kirsten Duncan.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/GRE 7 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Resonance explores the process of a little note growing into the power of song, with lyrics by Resonants chorister Kirsten Duncan. The work celebrates the unifying and transformative power of song, showcasing the beauty and passion of a capella voices. Greenaway brings musical life and imagery to the Duncan's poem. Given the skill of this ensemble, Greenaway was able to explore more colourful composition tchniques such as clusters and featured moments for soloists.

A sound begins deep inside,
softly, shyly, sound emerges, whispering, wafting, set adrift.
Fragile ember floating on warm breath into the void...
A note so intimate it carries the self into the unknown.
A spark, the embers combining, nurturing the passion to sing.
Voices entwine; Notes string into melody
Creative humanity
Aching beauty
The magic of harmony speaks across all divides.
The universal joy: the power of song.

Lyrics adapted from a poem by Kirsten Duncan.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Some difficult enharmonic progressions, high range for sopranos and low range for basses (for 2 bars)

Dedication note: Dedicated to The Resonants. Dedicated to The Resonants

Commission note: Commissioned by The Resonants.. Commissioned by The Resonants. Commissioned for The Resonants 25th Anniversary Concert

First performance: by The Resonants, Helen Swan at Viva la musica! (Belconnen Arts Centre) on 14 Nov 2015

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Inspired by Eric Whitacre and Reynaldo Hahn



Performances of this work

3 Sep 16: Resonance Concert, University House, Australian National University, ACT

14 Nov 2015: at Viva la musica! (Belconnen Arts Centre). Featuring The Resonants, Helen Swan.

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