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Carmen ad Celebrandum (Song to Celebrate)

for baritone soloist, unison choir and orchestra

Year:  2019   ·  Duration:  13m
Instrumentation:  Orchestra: 2 2 2 1 | 2 3 3 1 | timp+4 | str

Year:  2019
Duration:  13m
Instrumentation  Orchestra: 2 2 2 1 | 2 3 3 ...

Chris Adams

Composer:   Chris Adams


Carmen ad Celebrandum (A Song to Celebrate) is based on the Auckland Grammar School Song (Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott by Martin Luther). It was written to celebrate the sesquicentenary of the school. The work begins with an orchestral fanfare, followed by a recitative and aria with a baritone soloist. The orchestra then develops the themes of the school song in an orchestral interlude and the work concludes with an orchestrated version of the school song.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Auckland Grammar School

Dedication note

Written to celebrate the sesquicentenary of Auckland Grammar School

Contents note

A single continuous work comprising five sections: Fanfare - Recitative - Aria - Orchestral Interlude - School Song

Text note

Auckland Grammar School Song - L.W.A. Crawley
Additional Text by Chris Adams