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Pied Beauty

for SSAATB choir and piano

Year:  2003   ·  Duration:  3m 20s

Year:  2003
Duration:  3m 20s

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Sample: Page 1

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About

Inspired by and set to the poem Pied Beauty by Gerard Manly Hopkins, this piece is energetic and jazzy. There is a nice interplay between crisp rhythmic motifs and legato lines. The pianist and the choir needs to be nimble to get the rhythmic subtleties. A fast paced crotchet = 120 is in a swung rhythm. At times the SATB choir divides into SSAATB. The tenors and basses get some fun da ba das and dim de dims. It has enough challenge to suit a Big Sing Finale entry.


Commissioned note

Commissioned in 2003, for the Secondary Schools Rep Choir at the International Summer School in Choral Conducting in Wellington


Difficulty note

intermediate to advanced: this piece is energetic and jazzy. There is a nice interplay between crisp rhythmic motifs and legato lines. The pianist needs to be nimble to get the subtleties. A fast paced crotchet = 120, swung

Recommended by the composer for the Big Sing competition


Dedication note

For the Student Rep Choir, I.S.S.C.C. Retreat, Wellington 2003


Text note

Text by Gerard Manly Hopkins


Performance history

Performed by the Secondary School Rep Choir under the direction of Roger Stevenson with pianist Rosemary Russell at Queen Margaret College, in Wellington