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for SATB choir and piano

  ·  Duration:  11m 45s

Duration:  11m 45s

Composer:   Philip Norman

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Rough, unpredictable weather and a lengthy, often treacherous coastline meant many ship were wrecked in the early days of New Zealand’s history.

Shipwreck opens with a setting of a folk ballad, ‘John Smith A. B.’ (printed in The Bulletin Sydney 1904), which describes the loss of a life at sea and illustrates how such tragedy was accepted by the early sailors as part of the hazards of their occupation.

The second part recalls a disaster off the coast near Timaru in a setting of a poem printed in the Timaru Herald on 23 May 1882.

Text note

Text: Anon

Performance history

Performed by The Jubilate Singers and Alison Holden (piano), conducted by Grant Hutchinson