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Out of your slepe : SATB choir and clarinet in E flat

by Elliott Gyger (2008)

Out of your slepe


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Out of your slepe : SATB choir and clarinet in E flat / Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. 782.5525/GYG 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The central message of the joyous 15th-century carol text Out of your slepe is the way that Jesus' birth works to exalt humanity as a whole; in the person of Mary, through the Incarnation itself, and by release from the bondage of sin.
This musical setting treats the five verses symmetrically, with solo voices in the first and last and the fullest texture for the triumphant third verse. Contrasting with this arch design, the refrains form a linear progression from quiet humming at the start to exuberant peals of "Nowel" at the end, as the choir is gradually roused out of its sleep. The refrains also function as instrumental interludes featuring the E flat clarinet, whose character ranges from delicate lyricism to driving energy - even finding room at one point for an appropriately diabolical shriek!

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: SATB choir, clarinet in E flat.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Gary Ekkel, Newman College Choir

Written for: Newman College Choir

First performance: by Newman College Choir, Gary Ekkel, Catherine Playoust — 7 Dec 08. Newman College Chapel, University of Melbourne

Text from a 15th-century Carol: Selden MS from the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


Performances of this work

7 Dec 08: Newman College Chapel, University of Melbourne. Featuring Newman College Choir, Gary Ekkel, Catherine Playoust.

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