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Deserts of exile : SATB choir

by Paul Stanhope (2007)

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Performance by Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 17.

Library shelf no. CD 2281 [Available for loan]

Deserts of exile


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Deserts of exile / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. 782.55525/STA 5 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece sets a text by Palestinian poet, Jabra-Ibrahim Jabra about the contemporary experience of disposession and exile along with fragments of the Old Testament Lamentations of Jeremiah. It is a virtuosic movement for chamber choir which features a variety of choral textures and devices.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: SSATTBB choir.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — High level chamber choir

Commission note: Commissioned by Elysian Singers, Sydney Chamber Choir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

First performance: by Elysian Singers — May 08. St Marys Church, Kings Cross, London

Winner of the Vocal/Choral Work of the Year, APRA/AMC Art Music Awards, 2011

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2011 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Winner Paul Stanhope


Deserts of Exile

Performances of this work

31 Aug 2019: at Extended Play (City Recital Hall). Featuring Gordon Hamilton, Australian Virtuosi.

4 Aug 2018: at Dance | Chant : Celebrating Ross Edwards (City Recital Hall). Featuring Sydney Chamber Choir.

21 Sep 2013: at Cross Sections (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope.

14 Oct 2012: at Sacred and profane (St John's Church (Port Fairy)). Featuring Carl Crossin, Adelaide Chamber Singers.

12 Aug 10: City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. Featuring Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.

May 08: St Marys Church, Kings Cross, London. Featuring Elysian Singers.

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