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Beannaicht an long : Blest be the boat

by Clare Maclean (2020)

Beannaicht an long


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Beannaicht an long : Blest be the boat / Clare Maclean.

Library shelf no. 782.55525/MAC 7 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The text for this piece comprises part of the medieval hymn "Ave Maris Stella", and two Gaelic prayers for safety at sea. These are taken from "Carmina Gadelica", Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland, published in 1900. A voyage at sea has long standing as a metaphor for life, both individual and communal, and this gives these prayers a wider resonance.

The music draws from the Ave Maris Stella plainchant, Scottish melodies (bagpipe pibroch themes and a Christmas carol), and the calls of a number of seabirds common to Scotland, North America and Australia, musically transliterated.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: SSSAAATTTBBB choir.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Chromatic harmonies, rhythmic independence.

Commission note: Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by the WA Commissioning Circle

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:

Contemporary classical, Ave Maria Stella, Scottish, Gaelic, bird calls.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2021 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Choral Finalist Clare Maclean

Performances of this work

2020: Government House Ballroom, Perth, WA. Featuring Voyces, Stefan Pugliese.

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