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A serious house : an anthem for girls choir & symphony orchestra

by Richard Charlton (2003)

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Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: SSA choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxophones (or 2 horns in F), 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players), strings.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Senior school to tertiary student.

Commission note: Commissioned by Rowena Danziger on the occasion of her retirement from Ascham School, Sydney, after 30 years as headmistress.

First performance: by Ascham Symphony Orchestra, Ascham School Choir, Steven Hillinger — 9 Nov 03. Sydney Town Hall

The words to A Serious House were chosen by Rowena Danziger and come from the last stanzas of Philip Larkin’s poem, 'Church Going'  published in Collected Poems by Faber and Faber.

Performances of this work

9 Nov 03: Sydney Town Hall. Featuring Ascham Symphony Orchestra, Ascham School Choir, Steven Hillinger.

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