The twelve days of Christmas : for SATB choir
by Stuart Greenbaum (2006)
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The Twelve Days of Christmas is a new setting of the traditional Christmas carol with the addition of some modern 'pop' commentary. It was written at the invitation of Hildy Essex, conductor and director of Australian Contemporary Chorale, for their performances at Melbourne's Federation Square in December, 2006. Twelve composers associated with the University of Melbourne were each invited to set one of the 'Days' with some regard to the performance environment - outside at the Square. The other composers included in this project were Katy Abbott, Brenton Broadstock, Hildy Essex, Raelene Howell, Tom Jones., Linda Kouvaras, Vaughan McAlley, Mark Pollard, Kevin Purcell, Stephen Scholte and Jo Selleck.
It is suggested that any choir singing this piece should ideally be aware of the pop songs that are embedded within the texture, in order to perform them idiomatically and authentically. The songs are:
Bay City Rollers: Rock,n,Roll Love Letter
Abba: Dancing Queen
Sting: Soul Cages
The Beatles: And Your Bird Can Sing
Tears for Fears: Sowing the Seeds of Love
Instrumentation: SATB choir.
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Dedication note: Dedicated to Australian Contemporary Chorale
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Contemporary Chorale.
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