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Christ the King : SATB choir

by Clare Maclean (1984)

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Performance by Sydney Chamber Choir, Nicholas Routley from the CD complete choral music

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Christ the King


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Christ the King : SSAATTBB / Clare Maclean

Library shelf no. 782.55525/MAC 2 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Christ the King is a setting of two poems by New Zealand poet, James K. Baxter: 'Song to the Father' and 'Song to the Lord God on a Spring Morning'. These poems express the poet's relationship to God through imagery taken from the New Zealand landscape. The title comes from the feast day of October 25 in the church calendar, and the plainsong from this day is used at different times through the work, most audibly at the beginning and the end.

Work Details

Year: 1984

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB chorus, subdividing for short periods to SSSSSAAATTTBBB.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Choir.

First performance: by Sydney Chamber Choir — Great Hall, Sydney University


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Performances of this work

Unknown date: Great Hall, Sydney University. Featuring Sydney Chamber Choir.

9 Nov 2019: at Brisbane Chamber Choir: Songs of Sunrise (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Graeme Morton, Brisbane Chamber Choir.

18 May 2019: at Alleluia (St Peter's Cathedral (North Adelaide)). Featuring Graduate Singers.

26 Oct 2018: at SCM Symphony Orchestra and SCM Choirs (Verbrugghen Hall).

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

4 Aug 2013: at BCCMF: In Paradisum (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Brisbane Chamber Choir.

5 Aug 2012: at Brisbane Chamber Choir: Laughter and Lament (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Graeme Morton, Brisbane Chamber Choir.

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