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Sunset Flock by Charlie Baird (b1955)
Private Collection / By kind permission of Alistair Groom
Track(s) taken from CDA67881
Recording details: January 2011
Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: March 2012
Total duration: 5 minutes 8 seconds

For as the rain
composer
2009; SA + SSATBarBB + organ; commissioned by Kerstin Börjesson
author of text
Isaiah 55: 10-12

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
For as the rain was composed for a festival of contemporary church music in Uppenbarelsekyrkan in Hägersten, Stockholm, in 2009. It was commissioned by the conductor Kerstin Börjesson, along with a new Missa brevis, for the main service in this festival. This choral postlude sets verses from Isaiah which were appointed for that particular Sunday between Epiphany and Lent, and was scored for the musical forces available: the main church choir (in six parts), a youth choir (three female voice parts) and organ. In the first section the ambiguous bitonal writing proves highly evocative with the two choirs echoing each other against the rippling organ accompaniment. For much of the piece the writing is more atonal than in earlier works, particularly in the organ part, and at the conclusion, with its riotous outburst ‘all the trees of the field shall clap their hands’, there is still a conflict between major and minor.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2012

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