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Work


The Cruiser

for SATB choir

Year:  2008

Year:  2008

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1 and 2

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About

Will Lawson (1876-1957) has been likened to Kipling, and based much of his poetry on his experiences at sea, and as a fireman on the railways. His poetry was published in both New Zealand Australia, and he settled in the latter country later in life.

The Cruiser is a purely descriptive poem about a battered ship fighting its way into port: '...tottering, weary, crushed but game, groping her blind way home.'

The music sets the poem in a style reminiscent of a sea shanty, with plenty of rhythmic energy.


Commissioned note

Written for Waitomo Cave Choir for their overseas tour which would include, appropriately, a performance in the chapel of the Naval College at Greenwich


Text note

Text by Will Lawson


Performance history

Performed by the Waitomo Caves Choir