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The Virgin and the Nightingale

five songs for voices

Year:  1986   ·  Duration:  25m
Instrumentation:  sop, m-sop,A,T,Bari,B choir or sextet. Optional melody instrument - flute. If one soprano has a virtuoso high light voice that could undertake the flute line, the upper voices in 1 and 5 can be rearranged between soprano 2 and alto.

Year:  1986
Duration:  25m
Instrumentation  sop, m-sop,A,T,Bari,B choi...

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 3-4,10-11,25,30,37-38

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Borrow/Hire:

To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

The Virgin and the Nightingale was commissioned by Jones and Co with funding from the Music Board of the Australia Council, and first performed by The Song Company in 1992. The poems are taken from Fleur Adcock's collection of translations of mediaeval poems published by Bloodaxe Books as The Virgin and the nightingale, with kind permission of author and publisher. The five songs all focus on birds; the flute part in Love's Agent is a (transposed) transcription of a nightingale song. The settings are for SSATTB choir. The songs can be performed as a set or separately; some of them are suitable for choir.


Commissioned note

Commissioned by Jones and Co with funding from the Music Board of The Australia Council


Contents note

  1. Love's Agent (ensemble and flute) 2. The Swan (SSATTB) 3. The Thrush (TTB, flute) 4. The Roasted Swan (SSATTB) 5. The Anti-nightingale song (ensemble and flute)

Text note

Mediaeval Latin translation by Fleur Adcock


Performance history

Performed by The Song Company with Geoffrey Collins (flute)