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Blue Work


for SSAATTBB choir

Year:  2014

Year:  2014

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

Films, Audio & Samples

Anthony Ritchie: Salaam; film

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1 - 4

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Programme note

Salaam was written in 2013 for the Belgium choir Aquarius, on request from conductor Marc Michael De Smet. It was inspired by the plight of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were sent there following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US. Many have been imprisoned indefinitely, without charges or trial. The songs are settings of four poems by the Guantanamo Bay prisoners, and range in mood from one of homesickness and despair through to anger and determination. There are expressions of strength through spirituality, as well as descriptive imagery inspired by the surroundings. These songs were designed to be coupled with another work on the same theme by British composer, Ed Hughs, entitled A Buried Flame.

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Difficulty note

These songs were written for 8-part choir, with 3 voices to a part. This is also the minimum number of voices required – more can be added as long as a balanced sound is achieved. There are several solos imbedded in the work.

Performance history

Performed by Belgium choir Aquarius, in Gravensteen Castle, in Ghent.