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The Gift of Life

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The Gift of Life is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth and its creation. Setting a variety of sacred texts, including new words by the composer, the work includes the mystical ‘Hymn to the Creator of Light’, for double choir, as its central canticle. The surrounding movements offer a kaleidoscope of moods, from the spirited ‘O all ye works of the Lord’ to the majestic ‘O Lord, how manifold are thy works’ and culminating in the inspirational ‘Believe in life’.

1. O all ye works of the Lord
2. The tree of life
3. Hymn to the Creator of Light
4. O Lord, how manifold are thy works
5.The gift of each day
6. Finale: Believe in life

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Orchestration: 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bsn, 4hn, 3tpt, 3tbn, tba, timps, perc (2 players), hp, strings (full orchestra) OR timps, perc, harp, pno, org. (chamber version)

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Duration: 42 minutes
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult, Difficult
Published: 27 August 2015
ISBN: 9780193411500

Programme notes

The Gift of Life was written early in 2015 as a result of a chance conversation at a choral convention in 2013…

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