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The Ballad of Settler McGee

for choir, orchestra, jazz orchestra, rock group, Maori ensemble and audience

Year:  1990   ·  Duration:  18m
Instrumentation:  SATB choir / Jazz Orchestra: 2 2 1 | 4 4 | drms | gtr | bs gtr | kb / Rock Group: lead gtr, rhyth gtr, drms, kb, bs gtr / Orchestra: 3(1.2.p) 3( 3(1.2.bcl) 3( | 4 4 3 1 | timp+2 | hp | cel | str / Pipe Band: pipes, sd, td, bd / Concert Band: 2(1.p) 2( 2 | sax (2 2 1) | 4 3 3 1 + euph | perc(x5) | bass / Brass Band (inc. 2 perc) / Maori Ensemble / Audience

Year:  1990
Duration:  18m
Instrumentation  SATB choir / Jazz Orchestra...

Composer:   Philip Norman

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"It was the natural culmination of all the resonances - historical, cultural and national - that Norman has created with outstanding flair and skill. The Ballad of Settler McGee richly deserves a permanent place in our musical heritage.'' Music in New Zealand Summer 1990/91. Originally scored for choir, jazz orchestra, rock group, Maori ensemble, audience, concert band and orchestra, the composer has since arranged it as a suite for concert band. It was first performed at the 1990 World Youth Festival.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Radio New Zealand Concert Programme for performance at World Youth Festival in Christchurch in September 1990

Text note

Text: Philip Norman

Performance history

03 Sep 1990: Performed by the National Youth Orchestra, choir, pipe band, brass band, jazz orchestra, concert band, rock band and Maori ensemble, conducted by John Hopkins in September 1990.

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