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Three Night Songs : for a cappella SSAATTBB choir

by Heather Percy (2021)

Women of Note


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Digital Audio Album

Women of Note : A Century of Australian Composers, Volume 5.

Library shelf no. CD 3288 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Three Night Songs captures images of night from different perspectives through the poetry of past and contemporary female poets. Though not intended as a sacred work, the music possesses a spiritual quality reminding us of the connection that humans have had with the night sky for centuries.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB a cappella mixed choir, with some additional solo passages.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Three Night Songs is harmonically complex, with frequent tonal shifts and dissonant chords.

Contents note: I. Night Song I 'Holy Innocents'  text by Christina Rossetti -- II. Night Song II ' Pink Swallows Blue' text by Emile Zoey Baker -- III. Night Song III 'Hymn to the Evening' texts by Christina Rossetti, Sara Teasdale, Emma Lazarus and Phyllis Wheatley.

Written for: Sydney Chamber Choir

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Classics.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2023 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Choral Winner Heather Percy


Resonate article: Creating choral collages: Three Night Songs by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

24 May 23: Winter Nights Concert. Featuring Sydney Chamber Choir.

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