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Silver Whispers

for SATB choir, flute, two pianists and three percussionists

Year:  2004   ·  Duration:  21m
Instrumentation:  Flute doubles alto flute; piano doubles celeste. Percussion includes: two glockenspiels, xylophone, maracas, bongos, guiro, vibraphone, large gong (or tam tam), rainstick, sandpaper block, suspended cymbal, 3 temple blocks, woodblock, bass drum,

Year:  2004
Duration:  21m
Instrumentation  Flute doubles alto flute; p...

Composer:   Leonie Holmes

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Leonie Holmes: Silver Whisp...

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This group of pieces for choir and instrumental ensemble grew out of a short choral fanfare entitled Silver Whisper', commissioned by Auckland Choral in 2000. The original fanfare is now the last piece in a suite of five movements.

The texts are based around the celebration of life in its many manifestations, exploring aspects of spring and the wonders of nature, ranging from the scuttle of insects to the unearthly song of whales, and concluding with a song of praise to the Creator. A small ensemble of flute, three percussionists, and two pianos (one doubling celesta) gives a flexible group with which to provide atmospheric and varied shades of accompaniment to the singers.

Commissioned note

for Auckland Choral Society

Difficulty note

Suitable for community choir of reasonable standard. Instrumentalists need to be experienced or professional.

Dedication note

This suite is dedicated to Auckland Choral, conductor Peter Watts, and poet Marnie Barrell.

Contents note

Five movements: 1. Signs; 2. Nocturne; 3. Presto; 4. Adagio; 5. Silver Whispers

Text note

Marnie Barrell