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Lie Deep My Love was finished in 1996 and written especially for the New Zealand National Youth Choir who have since performed them frequently. The first song, Lie Deep My Love, depicts the grief and longing for a departed love; the second, Earth does at length, the inevitability of our mortality; and in the third, Blow, wind of fruitfulness, the spirit of the wind is implored to stir life into all creation again.
Use is made of low bass tessitura, solo voices and canons to create specific colours and textures in the vocal writing and to help characterise those images of New Zealand Baxter was so fond of depicting.
Lie deep my love; Earth does at Length; Blow wind of Fruitfulness
Text by James K. Baxter
18 Apr 1998: Performed by the New Zealand National Youth Choir (now Tower New Zealand Youth Choir) cond. Karen Grylls; Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch
09 Jun 2009: Contemporary Visions 23
Performed by Tower New Zealand Voices conducted by Karen Grylls