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Advent Cantata : for multiple choirs, vocal soloists, congregation and ensemble

by Dan Walker (2017)

Audio Sample

Performance by University of Queensland Chamber Singers, Graeme Morton from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 100.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 100.


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Work Overview

This work was commissioned for St James King St Sydney as part of their Advent Cantata Series, and is composed in the format of a Bach Cantata. The texts are all taken from Female poets, while the music itself quotes a Lutheran Hymn also utilised by Bach.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: SATB Choir and Semi-chorus, string ensemble, organ, flute, oboe, audience participation.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Historical Instruments and Performance Techniques

Contents note: 1. I am the Tree -- 2. There is Another Sky -- 3. Visit Us Again, Saviour -- 4. The Stars Began to Burn -- 5. The Day Shall Rise.

Commission note: Commissioned by St James, King Street, Sydney.. Commissioned by St James, King St Sydney.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Bach, Cantata, Female Poets, Historically Informed Performance Practice.

Text sources: 'I am the Tree': from 'On the Pulse of Morning' by Maya Angelou, and Lutheran Hymn melody: Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottessohn ; 'There is another sky': text from 'A New Heaven and Earth' by Emily Dickinson ; 'Visit us Again, Saviour', from 'Saviour' by Maya Angelou ; 'The Stars began to Burn' from 'The Journey' by Mary Oliver ; 'The Day shall Rise' from 'Advent 1858' by Christina Rossetti, and Lutheran Hymn melody: 'Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottessohn', and Gayatri Mantra.

Congregation sings on 'The Day shall Rise' only.


Performances of this work

19 Aug 2018: at Southern Ocean (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring University of Queensland Chamber Singers, Graeme Morton.

10 Dec 2017: at Advent Cantata BWV 2017 - Dan Walker (St James' Church (King Street)). Featuring St James’ Singers, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Bach Band at St James, Dan Walker.

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