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Blue Work

The Pale and Silver Moon's Blue Silk and Blossom

for SSAATTBB choir

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  5m 15s

Year:  2010
Duration:  5m 15s

Composer:   David Hamilton

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This setting of Michael Reston's poem was written for Auckland chamber choir Viva Voce on the occasion of the choir's 25th Anniversary. Conductor John Rosser, to whom the piece is deicated, had asked for a piece which referenced silver in some way.

The poem, found on an internet poetry site, is a short and atmospheric text. The music matches that moon, with slow moving chords in the key of D flat major, and a richly textured choral palette.

Dedication note

Dedicated to John Rosser

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Poem by Michael Reston

Performance history

18 Apr 2010: Performed by Viva Voce at The Centre at Kerikeri