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Sample: Auckland Choral cond. Peter Watts with Piper's Sinfonia. Soloists: Morag Atchison and Kate Spence. 6 November 2005See details ➔
Sample: Pages 1-4 and 29-32 of 'Whisper to Me'See details ➔
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This short work sets a text by New Zealand author and poet Patricia Grace. It comes from the anthology A Book of Pacific Lullabies, which also provided the texts for my choral cycle Whisper You All The Way Home. Whisper to me is a short lullaby with a verse in English followed by a verse in Maori. The English verse is set in a conventionally melodic style, while the Maori verse is set in a style suggesting the melodic and rhythmic forms of traditional waiata. Against this second verse a solo cello plays the original melody. The work ends by dissipating into sounds suggesting night.
The text for Whisper to me is used by kind permission of the author Patricia Grace.
Whisper to me was commissioned by St Cuthbert's College, Auckland in 2003. It was subsequently incorporated into the major choral work Missa Pacifica (2004).
Commissioned by St Cuthbert's College, Auckland
Text by Patricia Grace
06 Nov 2005: Performed by Auckland Choral with Piper's Sinfonia. Soloists: Morag Atchison and Kate Spence, conducted by Peter Watts. Available on 'Missa Pacifica' CD
05 Jul 2008: Hamilton conducts Hamilton
Performed by Saints Alive and Sebastian Squad (St. Cuthbert's College, Auckland), directed by Grahm McPhail