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Song of the Virtues (sextets: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)

by Andrew Batt-Rawden (2013)

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Performance by The Song Company from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 136.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 136.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 136.

Library shelf no. CD 3214 [Available for loan]

Song of the Virtues


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Song of the Virtues / composer: Andrew Batt-Rawden ; poet: Chris Mansell.

Library shelf no. 783.165542/BAT 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This is a vocal sextet with bells... my friend, poet Chris Mansell came up with the text. Roland (the conductor of the song company at the time) asked me to write the song that the angels sing to keep the universe intact. Indeed, it was written as a gift for someone who does maintain a lot of social order in her professional life, and so writing the song of angels for an angel on earth was a pleasure, albeit daunting.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, handheld bells (A, F, E, D, C, Bb). The vocalists should play the bells.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — difficult pitch in parts

Dedication note: Dedicated to Penny Le Couteur

Commission note: commissioned by Greg Dickson for the occasion of Penny Le Couteur's 60th birthday

First performance: by The Song Company — 1 Dec 13.

Performances of this work

1 Dec 13: featuring The Song Company.

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