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Carol of the (New Zealand) Birds

for a capella SATB choir

Year:  1992   ·  Duration:  1m 30s

Year:  1992
Duration:  1m 30s

Composer:   Philip Norman

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Philip Norman: Carol of the...

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An extract from Wenceslas (1992) a cantata for choir and orchestra by Philip Norman, commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, setting the words of the traditional Czech carol, Carol of the Birds. First performed in the New Zealand version by The Cathedral Grammar School Choir at the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra's 2005 Christmas Proms. Arranged for a capella SATB in 2009.

Commissioned note

Originally commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for its 1992 Christmas concert.

Difficulty note

This work is suitable for proficient school, church and adult choirs.

Text note

English words by Philip Norman (added 2009). Original Czech words - anon, trad.

Performance history

30 Oct 2022: Performed by Jubilate Singers, conducted by the composer, at The Piano, Christchurch

Performed by The Cathedral Grammar School Choir at the 2005 Christmas Proms in Christchurch

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