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Olinda is based on the song Olinda in the shades unseen by Henry Purcell (from approximately 1680-90s). It was written for the National Youth Choir of New Zealand, to commemorate their 30th anniversary in 2009, and also to fit into a programme featuring the music of Purcell. The setting is based on material from the song and follows the structure of the original song quite closely. However, there are changes in modality, harmony and rhythm that lend it a modern sound. The theme of the song is lost youth and the relentless march of time, a common theme in poetry from the 1500 - 1600s.
Written for the National Youth Choir
Dedicated to the National Youth Choir of New Zealand
Anonymous / traditional