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The Child of heaven : SATB choir with chamber ensemble

by Ralph Middenway (1971)

child of heaven


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The child of heaven / Ralph Middenway.

Library shelf no. Q 782.5522/MID 1 [Available for loan]

Lutebook lullaby, & Before the light fades


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Lutebook lullaby, & Before the light fades : two a capella extracts from 'The Child of Heaven' / Ralph Middenway.

Version: This product features the Unaccompanied SATB Choir version of this work

Library shelf no. 782.55525/MID 1 [Available for loan]

Work Details

Year: 1971

Instrumentation: SATB choir, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 horns, 1 percussionist (timpani, glockenspiel, vibraphone, cymbal).

Duration: 15 min.

Contents note: The child of heaven -- God's grandeur -- Mary of Nazareth -- Lute book lullaby -- The secret flower -- Before the light fades -- Song of the child.

Commission note: Commissioned in 1970 for ABC-TV, by conductor Patrick Thomas

First performance: St George's, Goodwood, SA

Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Clive Sansom, William Ballet, Eleanor Farjeon, Frances Bellerby, James McAuley, interspersed with verses of Personent hodie (Piac cantiones - 1582) and a short Gloria.

Revised 1972.


Performances of this work

Unknown date: St George's, Goodwood, SA

1972: Live performance in ABC Studio as part of 1972 Perth Festival, with WASO players.

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