- for solo soprano, children's choir, SATB choir and organ
- 21' 00"
|Score (158k)||first page of each movement||© Anthony Ritchie and Elena Poletti|
Lullabies was commissioned by The Auckland Choral Society for their 2015 season, and first performed June 6, in The Holy Trinity Cathedral, with funding from Creative NZ. It is a cycle of six songs, to be performed without a break, to poems by Elena Poletti, a Dunedin-based poet. Lullabies are common to all cultures, and are richly varied in their themes and moods. These six lullabies traverse different perspectives, both adult and child. ‘Shush-a-shush’ has a parent calming her child to sleep through images of the sea and beach. In ‘Little One’ it is gentle rain than lulls the child to sleep. ‘Sounds of Penguins’ makes a comparison between little blue penguins under a house, and children busily preparing for bed. The moonlight, wind, waves and lighthouse all conspire to finally calm them down. In ‘The Nightsingers’ it is the sounds of tree-frogs, ruru (morepork), and cats that accompany the lullaby; they are presented one by one and then are combined in the coda. ‘Beddington’ is a frisky lullaby for children to sing, and including a round and a ‘Monster-Munch-Up’ chant. The final song ‘Hope of my heart’ reflects on a child’s future, and remembers the passing of a sister and child (represented in the song by the childrens’ voices as echoes). All the forces come together in this song, to round off the cycle.
1. Shush-a-shush – main choir
2. Little One – solo soprano
3. Sounds of penguins – childrens’ choir, main choir and soprano
4. The Nightsingers – soprano and main choir
5. Beddington – children’s choir
6. Hope of my heart – childrens’ choir, main choir and soprano
- Text Note:
- Poems by Elena Poletti
|06 Jun 2015||
Performed by Auckland Choral, Brian Law (conductor), Emma Roxburgh (soprano), Timothy Noon (organ) and St Cuthbert’s College Song Squad and Junior Black Watch Singers, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland