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César Franck’s immortal song, Heavenly Bread, in a new arrangement, where the male voices are the star of the show! Perfect for developing high school and community choirs searching for repertoire catering for the SSAB balance. A lovely choice for women’s chorus with guest baritone soloist, too!SAB,piano accompaniment | $55 Sheet Music
Searchlights was commissioned by the Townsville chapter of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA) for the 2015 Festival of the Voice. When searching for a suitable text to provide to festival composer, Timothy Sherlock, the chapter committee came across this remarkable radio transcript which forms part of the heritage resources curated at the Jezzine Barracks, Townsville. The text comes from a 1942 radio transcript of two ABC journalists, Dudley Leggett and Chester Wilmot, providing live commentary as Japanese planes flew over Townsville. Townsville, an important military base, was raided by Japanese Kawanishi H8K1 “Emily” flying boats operating from Rabaul on four occasions in late July of 1942. On the night of the 25th of July, the town was attacked by two flying boats but did not suffer any damage as the bombs dropped by these aircraft fell into the sea. The transcript text taken from the radio broadcast on this night is as follows:
The sky is criss-crossed with searchlights, a most magnificent sight. The plane is held in the light absolutely dead above us. And it’s heading out now westward right above the town. The searchlights are holding it absolutely, perfectly in all beams and from all sides, and at the moment, I can see one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve… more than a dozen searchlights.
Composed for mixed choir, piano accompaniment, cello and handchimes, this setting of the 1942 wartime radio transcript portrays the chilling beauty of the searchlights focused on the mysterious danger suspended above the town.
So Let Us Sing!
Commissioned for the 2017 Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) ChoralFest, this inspirational work for SAB choir features a legato verse and refrain providing young singers with the opportunity to sing full phrases in legato style. After the second refrain, the piece moves into a gospel-style call and response section giving opportunities for small group or soloists to be featured. Building to a strong gospel ending, So Let Us Sing! is a perfect selection for speech and award nights, graduation services and choral concerts of all kinds. Optional drum kit and string bass parts, available.
We Are The Future
Commissioned by the Queensland chapter of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA) for the 2016 National Conference, this inspirational song celebrates that special synergy between learners and educators: I am: the student, the learner, the beginner, the seeker of knowledge; You are: the teacher, the mentor, the nurturer, the facilitator of knowledge, the sharer of wisdom; We are: the shared future, the coming together of generations, the cycle of knowledge, the passing of wisdom. With flexible voicing possibilities (SAB, SA or unison), this song is sure to be a favourite choice for graduation ceremonies and other commemorations. Includes a handchime part (2 octaves).