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Across the Line

for small orchestra with optional male choir

Year:  2005 Instrumentation:  1111; 1200; 2 perc.; strings

Year:  2005
Instrumentation  1111; 1200; 2 perc.; strings

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: First 2 pages of each movement.

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This arrangement is based on a previous arrangement of the piece, written for my ex-colleague Mary Siew and her band at Shanghai American School prior to a planned visit there in early 2007.

New Zealand is too young a country to have a true 'folk' tradition and much traditional folk music is really variants of earlier British songs, often with local names and places substituted for the originals. In this piece it deals with the seas and the lives of sailors.

Contents note

  1. Across the Line
  2. Friendly Road
  3. A Long Time Ago

Text note

Text from anonymous folk songs from Neil Colquhon's collection Songs of a Young Country: New Zealand Folksongs

Performance history

16 Sep 2006: Performed by Greenhill Orchestra cond. Joel Bolton; School of Music, Nelson