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Medium Difficulty
TTBB divisi choir with soloist, a cappella

 

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Medium difficulty
TTBB choir with piano

Originally commission for the Biralee Blokes, this moving piece for male voices is a lament and a celebration of the sacrifice of Australian troops on the fields of Allonville in France. (An SATB with piano version is also available.) See a mixed voice performance on Facebook here.

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Medium difficulty
SSA treble voices with chamber orchestra (2008)

Wolcom Yole! is a sparkling piece which welcomes the audience and conjures the excitement of the beginning of the Christmas season. The work retains the original “Middle English” of the 16th-century as used by Benjamin Britten. Overall, simple choral writing, often in unison, homophony or simple canon, is combined with energetic and rhythmic writing in the orchestra using short repeated rhythms.

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Easy Difficulty
SA treble choir with piano

A simple, whimsical setting of a text by Michael Leunig. The work includes a rhythmically engaging piano part and simple, modal vocal writing and optional handbells.

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Medium difficulty
SSA choir with chamber orchestra

Jubilate Deo is an engaging, rhythmic vocal work which sets a celebratory sacred text with syncopated rhythms and pentatonic modal writing inspired by world music from Africa and Latin America.

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Easy difficulty, unison treble voices with piano, optionl descant (2008, revised 2018)

Originally written for the Sydney Children’s Choir and entitled “I Would like to Visit the Moon”, this song was revised in 2017 and divides into two parts at the end. The wonders of imagining yourself escaping the world by flying high up in the sky, but knowing you can always come back again!

Very easy difficulty, unison treble choir and piano

 

      I – Rocket Ship Cannon        Buy scores
A fun counting song resulting in satisfying “BLAST OFFS!” Singers identify pitch with the numbers of the major scale. Can be sung with or without piano accompaniment. The second section can be sung as a canon or remain in unison.

 

     II – Space Kangaroo               Buy Scores
An action song involving kangaroo hopping plus outer-space adventures! What more could younger children want?

 

     III – Goodnight                         Buy Scores
Suitable for younger children, this peaceful song explores our dreams and gives an opportunity for individual children to participate in the action!

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Advanced SSAA choir with optional percussion

This challenging work for treble voices and conga (or djembe) is inspired by various styles of world music, particularly the syncopated rhythms of samba music. The melodic and harmonic language is based pentatonic and mixolydian modes, adopted throughout etherial, aleotoric textures and energetic syncopated homophony throughout the piece.

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Medium difficulty
SSAATTBB a cappella choir

Love is a universal feeling, and music is the universal language through which to express it. The loss of a loved one is something we all experience, whether it be a lover, a relative, a parent or a true friend. So many madrigals are expressions of love or grief, as are most pop songs, folk tunes, jazz standards, and other genres. It’s interesting to note that John Bennet was inspired by John Downland’s “Flow my Tears” when he wrote his madrigal for four voices, “Weep O Mine Eyes,” and the same text inspired John Wilbye to write one for three voices as well. Centuries later, composers and musicians continue inspire one another when expressing these universal feelings of love and sadness, across many different kinds of musical styles and genres.

The original text is truly inspiring. Words such as “to swell so high that I may drown me in you” are rich with imagery; a phrase that is as powerful as it is ironic, describing both love and death simultaneously in one beautiful sentence. I’ve endeavored to capture melancholy and irony in this work for 8 voices. Additionally, I’ve tried to add a sense of mystery and gravitas as a personal expression of my own unrequited love. The work opens with a sparse texture featuring two solo sopranos, gradually becoming richer and darker in color as the music unfolds. Naturally, the music swells during the words to swell so high, but as it falls (or “drowns”), jazz harmonies offer intimacy and warmth, a kind of musical escapism from the pains of love and loss, before returning the mystery of the opening.