Your cart

Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.


This Old Hammer

for SSAA choir

Year:  1983   ·  Duration:  3m
Instrumentation:  for SSAA choir

Year:  1983
Duration:  3m
Instrumentation  for SSAA choir

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

Films, Audio & Samples

David Hamilton: This Old Ha...

External video
See details ➔


To borrow items or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at


This Old Hammer was originally the first piece in a cycle of short choral movements called Transatlantic (1983) in which American and English texts alternated. A year or so after that work was premiered, this reworking (from SATB) was made for SSAA voices.

The text is a traditional American one, telling of working on a work gang and longing to go back home ' Swannanoa town'. The music makes a particular feature of irregular time signatures, especially seven-in-a-bar.

Contents note

Part of Transatlantic

Text note

Traditional American text

Performance history

Performed by Bella Voce (Villa Maria College) cond. Rosemry Turnbull, August 2001

Performed by Opus (Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland), conducted by David Hamilton

Performed by Sings Hilda! (Anglican Diocesan Girls' School, Dunedin) at the BIG SING National Finale 2009 (Dunedin Town Hall).

+ Read More