Crescent Moon

Selected performances

  • Grupo Talliesin, Brasilia, Brazil (28 June and 8 July 2011).
  • Sladen Singers, Vancouver, Canada, 2010.
  • Voce In Tempore, Mexico, 2010.
  • Instituto de Música José Hernández, Argentina (see Youtube), 2010.
  • Scored for recorder ensemble: Steve Marshall, a UK-based composer, has scored Crescent Moon for recorder ensemble and will be using it as a workshop piece in a series of classes running in late 2010 – early 2011.
  • Pierce College Choir, California, USA (see Youtube), 2010.
  • Leeds Guild of Singers, Leeds, England, 2010.
  • Cielat Choir, Germany, 2009.
  • North West Choir National Tour, South Africa, 2009.
  • Waimea Consort, Hawaii, USA, 2008.
  • Cantores Choir, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2008.
  • RMIT Occasional Choral Society Composition Competition (premiere), 2nd prize, Melbourne, Australia, 7th September 2007.

Crescent Moon: Original Lyrics

From the earth,
Bend your light
Through the skies
Through the darkness
Through the emptiness.
Warm the earth with your crystal fire!
Touch our eyes with your light!

Bend Your light to touch our eyes.
Let Your shafts flow cross the skies.

Purest white, Your arms embrace
cascading starlight.
Purest white, Your arms embrace
cascading moonlight.

Selene!
Selene!
Selene!

White is the Moon.
Red is the Blood.
Black is the Night.
Maid, Mother, Crone;
Three are One:
Black, Red, White.

Maiden of light bless the darkness!
Maiden of light bless the night!

Maiden of light!
Bless the night!

General information

Crescent Moon is by no means a traditional choral piece.

My goals as a composer are to return to the roots of vocal music, and to create music that is for the people – music that can be easily understood and identified with, and that speaks to the heart and spirit rather than to the mind.

This was the first in an ongoing series of songs dedicated to the moon. The text is original.

Crescent Moon was submitted (under a pseudonym) to the ROCS (RMIT Occasional Choral Society) composition competition and won second prize. It was premiered by ROCS on 7th September 2007.

To my knowledge, the piece has been performed in Australia, New Zealand, Hawai’i, USA (mainland, several performances and states), United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Germany, South Korea and Mexico.

Further performances are scheduled for Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA in 2011.

The piece was used in recorder workshops in the UK by composer Steve Marshall in 2011, and a recorder ensemble version is also available.

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