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Nativity : for a cappella SATB choir

by Matthew Orlovich (2008)

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Nativity : for a cappella SATB choir / Matthew Orlovich.

Library shelf no. 782.55542/ORL 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Nativity is a world of dew drops and spider webs, tender snails' horns and a bare attentiveness of the heart, a world where everyday things become breathtaking and extraordinary.

When setting the text to music, I drew inspiration from the meditative nature of the poem, composing flowing, legato phrases atop a gentle, trance-like arpeggio accompaniment. The soprano and alto voices sing in close harmony and also provide long-held tones which extend like drones across sections of the work. The tenor and bass voices remain rhythmically active throughout the work, sharing their lyrical, rising and falling arpeggio patterns in dove-tail fashion.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: SATB choir.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Oriana Chorale.

First performance: by Tobias Cole, Oriana Chorale — 21 Dec 08. National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Setting of poem by James McAuley.


Performances of this work

21 Dec 08: National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Featuring Tobias Cole, Oriana Chorale.

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