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Mary Gentle Mother : choir

by Elizabeth Sheppard (2000)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

This SATB polyphonic choral setting of Elizabeth Sheppard's Australian Indigenous (Noongar) carol, Mary Gentle Mother, includes English lyrics written by the composer, an ecclesiastically trained and accredited Cathedral Cantor. The Noongar language recording of the composer singing Mary Moorditj Ngaangk, her notated solo edition of this carol, that includes parallel English and Noongar lyrics, has been released on iTunes and Spotify. The solo edition of this carol, composed on 28 September 2000, was premiered by the composer to guitar accompaniment, at Village Life Goulburn NSW at the 2000 Village Life Christmas Concert. The SATB setting of Mary Gentle Mother was premiered by Cantor Elizabeth Sheppard and St Patricks Cathedral Choir on 24 Dec 2007 at St Patrick's Cathedral Parramatta, with Precentor Bernard Kirpatrick conducting, and organist James Dixon accompanying.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: SATB Choir, organ.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of the composer's mother, Olive Alison Simpson


Performances of this work

21 Dec 2021: at The Song Company: HARK! (St Philip's Anglican Church). Featuring The Song Company.

20 Dec 2021: at The Song Company: HARK! (The Garrison Church). Featuring The Song Company.

24 Dec 07: St Patricks Cathedral Parramatta, NSW. Featuring Elizabeth Sheppard, St Patrick's (Blacktown NSW) Church Choir and Orchestra.

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