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as long as time

for unaccompanied SSAATBB

Year:  1991   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  1991
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-2

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This work was commissioned by The Southern Consort of Voices in 1991, with funding from Creative NZ. It sets three NZ poems to music, with a fourth song being wordless: Timepiece to a poem by Cilla McQueen; Before the Fall to a poem by Rachel McAlpine; I lie, I watch the ceiling (wordless); and We could just disappear to a poem by Sam Hunt.

In 2001 Auckland choir Viva Voce recorded this work on their CD entitled Snapshots - A Cappella Choral Favourites. Conductor John Rosser writes of the work - "Anthony has a wonderful knack of writing for voice. Timepiece portrays a woman struggling to break free of suburban neurosis and the tyranny of time. Before the Fall alludes to lost childhood innocence, and We Could just Disappear depicts the future as an endless tunnel of the mind."

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Southern Consort of Voices

Contents note

1. Timepiece
2. Before the Fall
3. I lie, I watch the ceiling
4. We could just disappear

Text note

1. Cilla McQueen
2. Rachel McAlpine
3. No text 4. Sam Hunt

Performance history

12 Sep 2008: IAMIC Concert 2008

Performed by Viva Voce conducted by John Rosser

Performed by the Jubilate Singers conducted by John Pattinson

Performed by Viva Voce in 2001

Performed by Viva Voce in 2007

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