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Blue Work

A Wild Sea for the Crossing

for female singer (mezzo-soprano or soprano) and piano

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  2009
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Helen Bowater

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 2, 5 & 9

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A Wild Sea for the Crossing is a set of 3 poems by Greg O'Brien - 1. Winter I was (from Winter I Was, published in 1999 by Victoria University Press - a traditional song), 2. The cage is a song in which the bird is sung (from afternoon of an evening train, published in 2005 by Victoria University Press) and 3. Russian Grave Menton (from afternoon of an evening train).

Commissioned note

Requested by Linden Loader, written during Jack C Richards/Creative New Zealand Composer Residency

Contents note

  1. Winter I was
  2. The cage is a song in which the bird is sung
  3. Russian Grave Menton

Text note

Poems by Greg O'Brien