Epic : for SATB choir
by Christine McCombe (2011)
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Library shelf no. 782.55542/MCC 3 [Available for loan]
EPIC explores a variety of choral textures ranging from quite complex intertwining vocal lines to more harmonically simple textures and the use of whispered text. Some of the more ornamented vocal lines reflect the influence of Scottish folk music and traditional Gaelic psalm singing. The work was inspired by Birago Diop's beautiful poem 'Les Souffles' ('souffle' meaning breath or spirit) and explores the idea that the cycle of life, of birth and death, is part of an epic journey that we all undertake. On a more personal level, EPIC reflects something of my own experience of becoming a mother and the life changing aspects of that particular epic journey.
This work is dedicated to the memory of my mother.
Instrumentation: SATB choir.
Duration: 6 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Chamber Choir.
First performance: by Australian Chamber Choir — Oct 11. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park, Melbourne
Text by Birago Diop and Christine McCombe
Performances of this work
Oct 11: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park, Melbourne. Featuring Australian Chamber Choir.
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