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Don't Be Afraid : for treble choir with chamber ensemble

by Andrew Howes (2019)

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Don't Be Afraid


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Don't Be Afraid : for trebles and chamber ensemble / words and music by Andrew Howes.

Library shelf no. 782.76542/HOW 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Don't be afraid was inspired by a dreaming story of the Dharawal people, Birth of the Butterfly. It tells the story of a land between the sweetness of spring and the bitterness of winter. The story describes a group of caterpillars who leave earth to explore the metaphysical realm of death, and who return changed, clothed in beautiful colours, as the first butterflies.

In reference to this story, I drew upon my own fears about change, because it is often a challenge. I wonder a lot about change, because of all the world's stories, transformation is central to who we are as people, and finding our way through the winter of despair to a beautiful future is a hope I have for us all.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Treble choir, piano, soprano saxophone, percussion (1 player), 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.

Difficulty: Easy — The choir part is easy, but the instrumental ensemble parts are at a medium difficulty level.

Commission note: Commissioned by Michelle Leonard for performance by Moorambilla Voices.. Commissioned for Moorambilla's 2019 season and the CD Lepidoptera.

First performance: by Moorambilla Voices, Michelle Leonard — 27 Sep 19. Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, NSW


Performances of this work

27 Sep 19: Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, NSW. Featuring Moorambilla Voices, Michelle Leonard.

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