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The acrobat : SSAA treble choir

by Paul Stanhope (2004)

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The acrobat : SSAA treble choir / music by Paul Stanhope ; text by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Library shelf no. 782.75542/STA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The Acrobat was commissioned especially by Gondwana Voices for performance in 2004. The text is by the American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) who is one of the members of the beat poetry movement which was particularly active in Chicago and San Francisco in the middle part of the C20th. "The Acrobat" is one of Ferlinghetti's best known works. This very athletic and virtuosic work for treble voices also tests the acrobatic skill of choristers who dare to "perform above the heads" of the audience. Doing so without the aid a safety net takes considerable courage and agility.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: SSAA treble choir a cappella

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Top quality treble voices ensemble required (youth choir preferred).

Commission note: Commissioned by Gondwana Voices.

First performance: by Gondwana Voices, Paul Stanhope — 19 Jan 04. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Revised 2010 for the Gondwana Voices 2011 USA Tour

Performances of this work

Unknown date: Germany

19 Jan 04: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Gondwana Voices, Paul Stanhope.

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