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The Voices of Children

for SSA and piano

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  3m 15s

Year:  2010
Duration:  3m 15s

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Nurses’ Song is the name of two related poems by English poet William Blake (1757-1827). While both speak of children playing outside watched by their Nurse, the first version published in 1789’s Songs of Innocence, is a positive view of play and innocence, with no hint of the things that night (or life) will bring. The second , and shorter, version published in 1794’s Songs of Experience shows the Nurse as someone who is bitter and jealous of the freedom of children’s play.

This setting was written for the inaugural SingDownunder choral festival in Auckland, as a piece for the combined treble-voice choirs to perform.

Commissioned note

Written for the inaugural SingDownunder choral festival, Auckland

Text note

Text by William Blake

Performance history

31 Jul 2010: Performed by the massed choir of the SingDownunder choral festival at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland