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Blessings (Set 2) : for voice or voices in unison with piano

by Brett McKern (2016)

Work Overview

The first set of Blessings was commissioned by The Cathedral Singers, a Sydney-based choir for their tour to sing in UK cathedrals in 2011. They were also performed at the bedsides of the dying by another Sydney-based choir, led by Rev'd Dr Sue Emeleus, and Anglican deacon and organist. The experience was so profound that they requested some more blessings to sing. Dr Emeleus says, "There is a richness of words and music that I haven't seen before in such blessings and I hope Rita and Brett go on producing them." This was the impetus for the writing of this second set of four Blessings. The instrumentation is different to the first set (which is for SATB choir a capella), with this purpose in mind, and it is hoped they bring peace and succour to the dying and bereaved. Dr Emeleus has found other liturgical uses for them too, so it is hoped that might have a wider application too.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Voice or Voices in unison, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Easy — English

Contents note: Blessing 5: Eternal peace (c.1 min., 45 sec.) -- Blessing 6: Be still (c. 55 sec.) -- Blessing 7: Comin home (c.45 sec.) -- Blessing 8: Peace and safety (c.1 min.).

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