Confirmation of performances in Oregon…and another performance in Australia

It’s been quite a good year for performances for me, despite not having written anything for a while.

However, I’m back with my nose to the grindstone, trying out some new composition software (Noteflight), and there will be new works out in short order.

It turns out that Crescent Moon received several performances from the Central Coast Chorale in Oregon, USA. I was contacted by the choir, and received confirmation that the piece was performed on April 22, 23, 24 and May 1, and that the performances went well.

It’s nice to hear back from choirs, and to hear the music is enjoyed 🙂

Quite recently, and closer to home, Southern Consort of Voices here in Dunedin, New Zealand was scheduled to perform the piece Deconstruct a Chrysalis for which I wrote the lyrics and Michael Winikoff the music.

However, it has had to be cut from the program due to a very busy rehearsal schedule. The choir has performed the piece before, and we have hopes it will find time in an upcoming concert program to perform it again. I’ll let you know when that happens 🙂

One performance that is going ahead is a performance of the same piece by the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in June this year. The festival will be held in Canberra, ACT, Australia. I’m not sure of the concert date or venue yet, but once I am I will post the details here, so if you’re in the neighbourhood you can attend.

There’s another Composition Competition to be held by RMIT Occasional Choral Society in Melbourne later this year. I’ll be writing a piece for the competition, and yes, it will be performed – I hope! Once again, once I know the details of the performance, in which a variety of new works by emerging composers will be performed by the choir, I will post the details here. So watch this space!

Finally, here’s a lovely performance by the Laramie High School girls in Wyoming, USA singing my short piece, Mary Sings a Lullaby. Thanks for performing my work. Enjoy 🙂

And another performance of the same piece by Victoria Rengel:

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Mary Sings A Lullaby (2011)

SSAA a cappella OR piano / harpsichord OR guitar accompaniment
SSA piano / harpsichord OR guitar accompaniment

Mary Sings A Lullaby was written in June 2011 within 24 hours, and released the next day. As with most of my works, the text is original.

Set for SSA with mezzo-soprano solo, the work was written to showcase the mezzo-soprano voice, which I feel is incredibly undervalued in choral music.

Too often it is the soprano voice that is highlighted, while the mezzo soprano becomes the “backing vocals”, yet a mezzo soprano provides a beautiful mixture of richness and light, and has the flexibility of providing depth in lower notes that a true soprano cannot usually provide.

Within a few days, the piece had received a fair amount of interest, with planned performances announced for the 2011 holiday season in the USA, in Canada and in the UK.

I was also contacted by a performance trio in New Zealand, who requested a three voice version of the piece, so I put together a trio version of the work, which is now also available.

Mary Sings A Lullaby is suitable for any sized vocal group from trio up to full sized choir.

The vocal parts are designed to be easily singable by female vocalists of most vocal ranges, providing flexibility of performance.

The four part version of the work can be performed with piano / harpsichord accompaniment, or with guitar or a cappella.

The three part version of the work likewise can be accompanied by piano / harpsichord or guitar, but does not suit a cappella performance as well. In both scores, guitar chords are provided.

Mary Sings A Lullaby
Sleep, my pretty one,
Sleep my darling,
Let the stars be your crown and the night wind your guide.

Sleep, my darling,
Sleep, my sweet one,
Let your eyelids be closed and your sleep bring you peace.

Now the sky floods with moonlight, and peace stills the land,
And the air rings with bliss, for hope’s hour is at hand.

Sleep, my pretty one,
Sleep my darling,
Let the angelkind watch you, encircling their wings.

Sleep, my darling,
Sleep, my sweet one,
Let your dreams give you comfort: fear nothing, my love.

Now the sky floods with moonlight, and peace stills the land,
And the air rings with bliss, for hope’s hour is at hand.