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Five Summer Songs

five miniatures for string orchestra with harpsichord

Year:  2020   ·  Duration:  8m
Instrumentation:  strings and harpsichord

Year:  2020
Duration:  8m
Instrumentation  strings and harpsichord

Chris Adams

Composer:   Chris Adams

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1, 4, 9, 13 and 17 of score

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Five Summer Songs is a set of five miniatures for string orchestra. The first is a variation on the medieval round Sumer is Icumen In. The second is a transcription of a song by the composer. The third explores the Southern Hemisphere dilemma of Christmas carols in the middle of the heat of summer. The fourth draws on elements of popular songs and the final is a collage inspired by the tragic bushfires in Australia over the summer of 2019.

Difficulty note

Suitable for school and community groups

Dedication note

Written for Grammar Virtuosi

Contents note

I. Sumer is Icumen In (Variation)
II. Afternoon (Transcription)
III. While Shepherds Watched (Variation)
IV. Summer is the time for Loving' (Variation/Generic)
V. How can we sleep? (Collage)