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Seven Songs of the Spirit

for SATB soloists, SATB choir, flute and piano

Year:  1993   ·  Duration:  20m

Year:  1993
Duration:  20m

Composer:   Helen Caskie

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-2 of "View mee Lord"

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 59-60 (View mee Lord)

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-3, 19-20, 28-29, 46

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Commissioned by the Palmerston North Choral Society to commemorate Women's Suffrage Year 1993. Scored for SATB choir with SATB soloists, flute and piano, the songs are ecstatic in nature with words from the Song of Solomon, Thomas Campion, Fiona McCloud, John Clare, and Alice Meynell. The work requires an average ability choir and very competent flute and piano players; it celebrates the human spirits' ability to praise, be joyful and live with love and mystery.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Palmerston North Choral Society with the support of the 1993 Suffrage Centennial Year Trust Whakatu Wahine in association with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and Prof. Mary D. Earle of Palmerston North

Contents note

Seven songs:

  1. Rise Up my love (soprano and choir)
  2. View mee Lord (tenor solo)
  3. The Mystic's Prayer (choir)
  4. Love lives beyond the tomb (contralto solo)
  5. Wisdom (choir)
  6. I saw the throng (bass solo)
  7. I who am the beauty (soloists and choir)

Text note

Texts are from Song of Solomon; Thomas Campion; Fiona McCloud; John Clare; Wisdom of Solomin; Alice Meynell; Trad.

Performance history

15 Sep 2010: Manawatu 'Homegrown'