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Lie Deep, My Love

for SATB choir and soloists

Year:  1996   ·  Duration:  11m

Year:  1996
Duration:  11m

Composer:   David Griffiths

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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.

Contents note

Lie deep my love; Earth does at Length; Blow wind of Fruitfulness

Text note

Text by James K. Baxter

Performance history

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

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