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Waiting for the sun : SATB choir

by Sandra Milliken (2004)

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Performance by Queensland Youth Choir, Sandra Milliken from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 57

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 57


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 57 / works by Sandra Milliken.

Library shelf no. CD 2666 [Available for loan]

Waiting for the sun


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Waiting for the sun / Sandra Milliken ; words by Melinda Smith.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/MIL 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

I am always searching out poems of living writers, enquiring with writers clubs and checking out online sources. Through one online source I received a number of poems from Sydney writer Melinda Smith and I was absolutely enthralled by her poem Waiting for the Sun with its double meanings regarding the sundial's position.

The sustained opening section (sung on vowels only) depicts a sunrise as the light gradually enters and fills the sunken garden where the sundial is positioned. The contrasting moods of the piece reflect the emotions that the sundial experiences throughout the day, coming to a dramatic climax as the sun sets and the shadows lengthen. Finally, the light fades as the introductory ideas are heard in a retrograde progression.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: SATB Choir, unaccompanied.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Queensland Youth Choir — Sep 04. Adelaide

Performances of this work

Sep 04: Adelaide. Featuring Queensland Youth Choir.

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