“Five from the Folder: Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands” by Sarah Ross
Date: August 22, 2014
FIVE FROM THE FOLDER: ASIA, AUSTRALIA and the PACIFIC ISLANDS by Sara Ross
Absolutely stunning work that combines Aboriginal chant, imperial Christian hymn structure, and Outback mining work song for a commentary on the history of the Australian Bush. SATB divisi.
2. "Nodle Kangbyon." Traditional Korean arr. Wallace Hornady. earthsongs W-12.
Beautiful melodic and harmonic language, easy stretch from 2- to 4-part treble.
3. "Hiraita" Traditional Japanese arr. Ken Hakoda. Santa Barbara SBMP 559.
Simple folk song expanded to a multi-part fugue with descants and countermelodies. Hauntingly beautiful. Easy pitch content but complex SATB divisi.
4. "Tahiti" Traditional Tahitian arr. H Jarold Harris, Alfred 16336.
Accessible four-part men's piece with handclaps, chants, and great Pacific Island sound. Designed for piano accompaniment but works great when singers accompany on guitar/ukelele. TTBB.
5. "Sweet Tooth" Stephen Hatfield. Colla Voce 21-20214.
Based on Australian Aboriginal chants, this challenging piece involves body percussion, non-traditional vocal sounds, and throbbing ostinatos. Difficult but rewarding. SSA.
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