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Adain Cân (Songflight)

Instrumentation:
  • Chorus and Piano, with Optional Orchestra
Text: Lyrics by Mererid Hopwood (sung in Welsh, English, Spanish and German)
Duration: 3 min
Year: 2017

Performance History: 'Adain Cân' first performed April 9, 2017 on the S4C television show 'Côr Cymru' by the combined finalist choirs Côr Ieuenctid Môn, Côr Merched Sir Gâr, Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion, Côr Meibion Machynlleth, and Côrdydd, conducted by Christopher Tin.

Program Notes: 'Adain Cân' can be performed by any combination of up to five choirs (children's, youth, women's, men's, and mixed), or solely by a single mixed choir.



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Vocal Score
SATB Divisi, Piano
  • North America Purchase: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Purchase: Faber
  • Allegro for Hydroponic Systems



    Instrumentation:
    • String Orchestra (Educational Arrangement)
    Duration: 4:00
    Year: 2016



    Program Notes: 'Allegro for Hydroponic Systems' was written for the PC strategy game 'Offworld Trading Company'. The original recording features brass, harp, and a variety of rhythmic glass and percussion figures, in addition to the string parts approximated in this arrangement.



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    String Orchestra
    Educational String Orchestra Arrangement

  • Score and Parts Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Conductor Score Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Baba Yetu



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra, Ethnic Percussion, SSATBB Choir, Tenor and Alto Soloists
    Alternate Arrangements:
    • SSATBB Choral
    • SATB Divisi A Cappella with Percussion
    • TTBB Choral
    • String Orchestra
    • Concert Band
    • Piano/Vocal/Chords
    Text: The Lord's Prayer (sung in Swahili)
    Duration: 3:30
    Year: 2005

    Performance History: First performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Talisman A Cappella, conducted by Jack Wall, September 21, 2006. Subsequent performances include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Philharmonic, and in concert at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, and the United Nations General Assembly Hall.

    Program Notes: 'Baba Yetu' is a Swahili setting of The Lord's Prayer, originally commissioned as the theme song for the video game Civilization IV. Since its debut in 2005, it's become an immensely popular choral work and one of the most critically acclaimed pieces of music written for a video game, winning a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.

    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "Missionaries of the 19th-century used Swahili as the lingua franca for spreading Christianity across East Africa; consequently, a rich tradition of vocal music arose that blended European harmonies with traditional African call-and-response. My setting of The Lord's Prayer introduces several new elements into this tradition: an explosive orchestral accompaniment, as well as a complex series of modulations to bring the choral setting into a variety of tonal centers. This became my template for many pieces to follow, particularly on my song cycles 'Calling All Dawns' and 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'."


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    Reduced Orchestration
    Most-commonly performed orchestration to approximate the sound of the album
    2.2.2.2/4.0.2+1.1/Timp+5/Pno/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, Tam-tam, SusCymx2, Chimes, Finger Cymbals, Taiko, Ashiko, Shkr, Caxixi]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • Chamber Orchestration
    Significantly reduced winds, brass, and percussion (revised April 2017)
    1.1.1.0/2.0.1+1.0/Timp+3/Pno/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: SusCym, Taiko, Ashiko, Shkr, Caxixi]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • "Alfred Accompaniment" Orchestration
    Legacy orchestration matching the Alfred choral octavos; includes parts for trumpets
    2.2.2.2/4.3.2+1.1/Timp+5/Pno/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, Tam-tam, SusCym, Chimes, Finger Cymbals, Taiko, Ashiko, Shkr, Caxixi]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • SSATBB Octavo
    Main choral octavo for use with full orchestra (SoundTrax available)
    SSATBB Choir, Alto and Tenor Soloists, Piano
  • Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Accompanying SoundTrax: Alfred


  • SATB Divisi A Cappella with Perc Octavo
    A Cappella version with optional percussion parts (SoundTrax available)
    SATB Divisi, Alto and Tenor Soloists, Optional Percussion
  • Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Percussion Parts: Alfred
  • Accompanying SoundTrax: Alfred


  • TTBB Octavo
    TTBB Choir, Tenor Soloist, Piano
  • Worldwide Purchase: Alfred


  • String Orchestra
    Educational String Orchestra Arrangement

  • Score and Parts Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Conductor Score Worldwide Purchase: Alfred


  • Concert Band
    Educational Concert Band Arrangement

  • Score and Parts Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Conductor Score Worldwide Purchase: Alfred


  • Piano/Vocal/Chords
    Educational Piano and Vocal Solo edition

  • Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Calling All Dawns



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra, Ethnic Percussion, Soloists and Chorus
    Text: Various
    Duration: 47 min
    Year: 2009


    Performance History: First performed at Waterford Union High School, Wisconsin, by the Waterford Union Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Derek Machan, January 9, 2011. Subsequent performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, NY by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Chorus, and Cadogan Hall, London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Program Notes: Calling All Dawns is a song-cycle in three movements: day, night and dawn. Each movement corresponds to a different phase of life--life, death, and rebirth. There are songs of joy, mystery, and hardship, reflecting the complexity of our mortality. There are songs of the deepest, darkest sorrow to accompany us through death. And finally, there are songs of triumph and exultation that bring us roaring back to life, beginning the cycle anew.

    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "Calling All Dawns was born from the desire to turn my popular piece 'Baba Yetu' into a full album-length work, that celebrated different languages, cultures, and religions, and celebrated the commonalities that connect people to one another."


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    Study Score
    Complete transcription of the album
  • Worldwide Physical Purchase: webstore


  • Reduced Orchestration
    Most-commonly performed orchestration to approximate the sound of the album
    2(1dPicc,2dAFl).2.2.2/4.3.2+1.1/Timp+5/Pno(dCel)/Hrp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, SusCymx2, Tam-tam, Ptti, BellTree, Chimes, Glock, Rattle, Wdblk, Tri, Taiko, Surdo, Ashiko, Darabuka, Tabla, Chappa, Atarigane, Agogos, Shkr, Caxixi, Finger Cym, WindChimes, Chan-chan (double finger cymbal), MTree, Stones, opt. Drum Kit]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • Chamber Orchestration
    Significantly reduced winds, brass, and percussion (revised April 2017)
    1(dPicc).1.1.0/2.0.1+1.0/Timp+3/Pno(dCel)/Hrp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, SD, Ptti, SusCym, Tam-tam, Chimes, Glock, MTree, BellTree, WindChimes, Tri, Shkr, Caxixi, Samba Shaker, Chan-chan (double finger cymbal), Rattle, Taiko, Surdo, Ashiko, Chappa, Darabuka, Tabla, opt. Drum Kit
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • Vocal Score
    SSAATTBB with Soloists, Piano
  • North America Purchase: Alfred
  • Rest-of-World Purchase: Faber
  • The Drop That Contained the Sea



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra, Ethnic Percussion, Soloists and Chorus
    Text: Various
    Duration: 58 min
    Year: 2014


    Performance History: First performed April 13, 2014 at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Jonathan Griffith. European premiere was given at the York Barbican in York, UK on July 16, 2016, by the Mowbray Orchestra and Angel City Chorale and Prima Vocal Ensembles, conducted by Christopher Tin. Subsequently performed at Cadogan Hall, London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Angel City Chorale, Prima Vocal Ensemble, and Lucis, on July 19, 2016, conducted by Christopher Tin.

    Program Notes: The Drop That Contained the Sea is a collection of works on the theme of water. Each of the 10 pieces is sung in a different language, exploring a different vocal tradition: Bulgarian women's choirs, Mongolian throat singing, and Portuguese fado, to name just a few. Each piece also deals with water in a different form, arranged in the order that water flows through the world: melting snow, mountain streams, rivers, the ocean, and so forth. And like Calling All Dawns, the end of the album flows back into the beginning, reflecting the endless nature of the water cycle.

    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "The title of The Drop That Contained the Sea comes from a Sufi concept: in the same way that every drop of water contains the essence of the sea, inside every human is the essence of all of humanity. In keeping with this idea I've introduced a water theme in the prelude, and woven subtle variations throughout the album. It contains all seven notes of a major scale-four descending and three ascending-mirroring the flow of water through our world, and representing the vast ocean of melodic possibility contained within a single scale."

    Commission Information:
    • "Haktan Gelen Serbeti" commissioned by DCINY, and first performed June 3, 2013 at the University Concert Hall, Eskisehir, Turkey by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Griffith Singers, conducted by Jonathan Griffith.
    • "Temen Oblak" commissioned by the International Schools Choral Music Society, and first performed February 22, 2014 at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China by the ISCMS Festival Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Christopher Tin.
    • "Iza Ngomso" commissioned by Waterford Union High School, and first performed January 5, 2014 at Waterford Union High School, Waterford, WI by the WUHS Choirs, conducted by Derek Machan.
    • "Tsas Narand Uyarna" commissioned by the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, and first performed September 27, 2013 at the Colorado Christian University Music Center, Denver, CO by Pearl Rutherford and the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Rutherford.
    • "Passou o Verao" commissioned by Alexandra Iranfar, and first performed October 25, 2013 at Old First Church, San Francisco, CA by Alexandra Iranfar.
    • "Seirenes" commissioned by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and first performed January 19, 2014 at the Collins Center for the Arts, Bangor, ME by Anonymous 4 and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Richman.
    • "Haf Gengr Hridum" commissioned by Stanford University, and first performed May 18, 2013 at Memorial Church, Stanford, CA by the Stanford Chamber Chorale and Stanford Taiko, conducted by Steve Sano.
    • "Waloyo Yamoni" commissioned by The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's, and first performed June 1, 2012 at The Parish of St. Matthew, Los Angeles, CA by Rose Beattie, Rayvon Moore, and The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's, and conducted by Tom Neenan.


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    Full Score and Parts
    2(2dPicc).2(2dEHrn).2(2dBCl).2(2dCBsn)./4.3.2+1.1/Timp+5/Pno(dCel)/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, SD, Tom-toms, Tam-tam, SusCym, Ptti, Gongs in A and C, Chimes, Glock, Xylo, Singing Bowls, FingCym, WindChimes, Whip, Shkr, Tamb, Riq, Daf, Udu, Darabuka, Djembe, Frame Drum, Tabla]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • Vocal Score
    SSAATTBB with Soloists, Piano
  • North America Purchase: Alfred
  • Rest-of-World Purchase: Faber
  • Kia Hora Te Marino



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra, Ethnic Percussion, Spoken Word Soloists and Chorus
    Alternate Arrangements:
    • SATB Choral
    Text: Maori Proverbs (sung in Maori)
    Duration: 4 min
    Year: 2009

    Performance History: First performed at Waterford Union High School, Wisconsin, by the Waterford Union Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Derek Machan, January 9, 2011. Subsequent performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, NY by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Chorus, and Cadogan Hall, London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Program Notes: Kia Hora Te Marino is a setting of a traditional Maori blessing. While the opening wordless chorus is evocative of the maritime imagery found in much Maori writing, the song also makes use of two traditional forms of oratory: the haka, a ritualistic choreographed group dance, and the whaikorero, a form of speechmaking used to unite the collective will of the people.

    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "I wrote Kia Hora Te Marino as a companion piece to Baba Yetu. The main melody is derived from the two main thematic fragments from Baba Yetu, but placed in reverse order. The piece also ends on the same soft wordless 'ooh' that begins the entire Calling All Dawns song cycle, thus making it a complete circle."


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    SATB Choral
    SATB Chorus, Spoken Word Soloist, Piano
  • Worldwide Purchase: Alfred
  • Accompanying Soundtrax: Alfred
  • Iza Ngomso



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra, Tenor Soloist and Chorus
    Alternate Arrangements:
    • SATB Choral
    Text: Adapted from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Keramos" (sung in Xhosa)
    Duration: 4 min
    Year: 2013

    Performance History: Commissioned by Waterford Union High School, and first performed January 5, 2014 at Waterford Union High School, Waterford, WI by the WUHS Choirs, conducted by Derek Machan. Subsequent performances at Carnegie Hall, NY by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Chorus, and Cadogan Hall, London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Program Notes: "Iza Ngomso" is the fourth movement of The Drop That Contained the Sea, and like the rest of the movements, is based on water in one of its unique naturally occuring states. In the case of "Iza Ngomso", a piece about clouds, the text is derived from an unusual translation of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem "Kerabos": translated into Xhosa, one of the national languages of South Africa (and one of the African dialects that features prominent 'click' sounds).

    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "I wrote Iza Ngomso on an airplane, en route from Dubai to Johannesburg. I was inspired by the sight of the airplane's shadow skipping across the cloud layer."


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    Score and Parts
    Orchestration from the album
    2(2Picc).2.2.2/4.3.2+1.1/Timp+4/Cel/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, Tam-tam, SusCym, Chimes, Glock, Ptti]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • SATB Choral
    SATB Chorus, Tenor Soloist, Piano
  • North America Purchase: Alfred
  • Rest-of-World Purchase: Faber
  • Accompanying Soundtrax: Alfred
  • Mado Kara Mieru



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra, Japanese Percussion, SATB Choir, Three Female Soloists
    Text: Haiku by Hattori Ransetsu, Yamaguchi Sodo, Kaga no Chiyo and Masaoka Shiki
    Duration: 5:00
    Year: 2009


    Performance History: First performed at Waterford Union High School, Wisconsin, by the Waterford Union Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Derek Machan, January 9, 2011. Subsequent performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, NY by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Chorus.

    Program Notes: Within every traditional Japanese haiku is a 'kigo'--a word associating the poem with a particular season. Madokara Mieru is an adaptation of five such haiku in rondo form; corresponding to spring, summer, autumn, winter and the return of spring. Each refrain is sung by a vocalist in a different stage of life--a child for spring, a young woman for summer, a middle-aged man for autumn, and an elderly man for winter. Following an extended instrumental 'transfiguration,' the return of the child's voice at the end signifies the return of spring, thus completing the cycle of life, death and rebirth as reflected through the changing of the seasons.



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    Reduced Orchestration
    Most-commonly performed orchestration to approximate the sound of the album
    2(1dPicc).2.2.2/4.3.2+1.1/Timp+5/Pno/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: SusCymx2, Tam-tam, BellTree, Chimes, Rattle, Wdblk, Taiko, Chappa, Atarigane, Shkr, Caxixi, MTree]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • Chamber Orchestration
    Significantly reduced winds, brass, and percussion (revised April 2017)
    1.1.1.0/2.0.1+1.0/Timp+3/Pno/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: SusCymx2, Tam-tam, BellTree, Chimes, Rattle, Taiko, Chappa, Shkr, Caxixi, MTree]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber
  • Nocturne no. 2


    Instrumentation: Solo Piano
    Duration: 4 min
    Year: 2009


    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "Nocturne No. 2 is a piano piece I originally wrote for the end credits of a low-budget indie vampire movie called 'The Insatiable'. The recording you're hearing above is from the credits of the movie, performed by Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng. I've always been rather proud of this little nocturne, and have always wanted to write a whole collection of similar night music."



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    Solo Piano
    Free Download: webstore

    Shinobu vs. Ghost Warrior



    Instrumentation:
    • Solo Flute, Solo Piccolo, Taiko Drums and Orchestra
    Duration: 8 min
    Year: 2014

    Performance History: "Shinobu vs. Ghost Warrior" commissioned by The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's, and first performed June 13, 2014 at The Parish of St. Matthew, Los Angeles, CA by Nancy Gilman Marfisi, Eileen Holt, Shoji Kameda and The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's, and conducted by Tom Neenan.

    Program Notes: "Shinobu vs. The Ghost Warrior" was composed as part of a series of crossover works commissioned by the St. Matthews Music Guild that explore the intersection between western classical music and the music of various world cultures. Tin's previous effort for the series, "Waloyo Yamoni" is based on an African rain-making litany and is to be heard on the orchestra's CD, "Music from the Left Coast." "Shinobu vs. The Ghost Warrior" plays on traditional Japanese flute techniques as well as anime culture in the form of music for video games. The work features flute and piccolo soloists and chamber orchestra with an Japanese percussion. "Shinobu vs. The Ghost Warrior" was commissioned by the Music Guild with support from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the LA County Arts Commission and many Music Guild Subscribers.

    FROM CHRISTOPHER:When I was approached to write a piece for two flutes that combined Western orchestral music with non-Western traditions, my mind immediately went to the Japanese fue (flute) sound. The two soloist parts thereby integrate traditional Japanese flute articulations and extended techniques you'd typically hear with instruments like the shakuhachi. Riffing off the concept of East-meets-West, however, I decided to structure the piece like a duel between the two soloists. And taking it a step further, I staged it in the format of a classic 'fighting' video game; where a short introduction introduces the two contestants, who then proceed to duel it out. The name of the piece is a play on a few tropes from anime and video game culture; in fact, 'Shinobu' is a play on both the words 'Shinobue' ("flute") as well as 'Shinobi' (meaning "ninja", but also a reference to the classic Sega arcade game of the same name).


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    Full Score and Parts
    Solo Flute, Solo Picc, 0.1.2.1/2.1.1.0/2 Perc/Pno/Strings
    [Perc: GC, Tam-tam, SD, SusCym, Taiko, MkTree]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber
  • Silver Wing

    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra and Chorus
    Text: "A Bird Came Down a Walk" by Emily Dickinson (sung in English)
    Duration: 4 min
    Year: 2016

    Performance History: First performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing by the International Schools Choral Music Society Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Robert Hasty, February 18, 2017. (Original title: "A Bird Came Down the Walk".)

    Program Notes: "Silver Wing" is a fanciful setting of Emily Dickinson's poem "A Bird Came Down the Walk". It's a whimsical setting of an equally whimsical poem, whereby Dickinson humorously inflates the routine comings and goings of a small bird with an almost Homeric epic quality. Similarly the musical setting takes a simple hymn-like chorale, and launches it into the air, with noble horns and soaring strings.



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    Full Score and Parts
    2(2dPicc).2.2.2/4.3.2+1.1/Timp+4/Pno/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, SusCym, Tri, Whip, Vibraslap, Crot, Xylo]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber
  • Vocal Score
    SATB Divisi, Piano
  • North America Purchase: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Purchase: Faber
  • Sogno di Volare



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra and Chorus
    Text: Writings by Leonardo da Vinci (sung in Italian)
    Duration: 4 min
    Year: 2016


    Performance History: First performed at Cadogan Hall, London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Angel City Chorale, Prima Vocal Ensemble, and Lucis, conducted by Christopher Tin, July 19, 2016.

    Program Notes: "Sogno di Volare" is a setting of modern-Italian adaptations of Leonardo da Vinci's writings on flight. It was originally composed as the theme song to the video game 'Civilization VI'. The piece is based around the concept of exploration: both physically, in seeking out new lands, but also intellectually, in seeking out new frontiers of science, technology, and humanities.

    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "My favorite way to describe Sogno do Volare is that it celebrates human exceptionalism."


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    Full Score and Parts
    2(2dPicc).2.2.Bsn,Cbsn/4.3.2+1.1/Timp+5/Pno(dCel)/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, Tam-tam, SD, Ptti, SusCym, Tri, Chimes]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber
  • Vocal Score
    SSATBB, Piano
  • North America Purchase: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Purchase: Faber
  • Sukla-Krsne



    Instrumentation:
    • SATB Choir with Optional SSAA Quartet, Baritone Soloist, Piano
    Text: The Bhagavad Gita (sung in Sanskrit)
    Duration: 2:00
    Year: 2009

    Performance History: First performed at Waterford Union High School, Wisconsin, by the Waterford Union Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Derek Machan, January 9, 2011. Subsequent performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, NY by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Chorus.

    Program Notes: The Bhagavad Gita is one of the sacred texts of Hinduism, and is a dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Krishna, the Divine One. In the excerpt used for Sukla-Krsne, Krishna explains to the prince that there are two paths to the afterlife; 1) a death by day, which leads to the supreme abode, and 2) a death by night, which leads to an earthly return. But rather than dwell on the time and place of passing, he advises Arjuna to fix his devotion on the Krishna consciousness, and to detach himself from material concerns; and in doing so, his place among the supreme will be assured. 'Sukla-Krsne' means 'Light and Darkness'--a duality which serves as a basis for the constantly shifting moods of the song.


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    Vocal Score
    SSATTBB with Baritone Soloist, Piano
  • Worldwide Purchase: Alfred


  • Temen Oblak



    Instrumentation:
    • Orchestra and Chorus
    Alternate Arrangements:
    • SSA or SATB Choral
    Text: Adapted from a poem by Hristo Botev (sung in Bulgarian)
    Duration: 7 min
    Year: 2013

    Performance History: Commissioned by the International Schools Choral Music Society, and first performed February 22, 2014 at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China by the ISCMS Festival Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Christopher Tin. Subsequent performances at Carnegie Hall, NY by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Chorus, and Cadogan Hall, London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Program Notes: The Bulgarian female vocal tradition originated in the fields as songs that women would sing with one another while doing manual labor. Much of it was non-metrical and free flowing, and relied on ornamentation. Common devices included descending melodic patterns and held-out dissonant notes. Geographically speaking, Bulgaria being a mountainous country led to isolated pockets of folk music that were often took on the tonalities of their neighbors: some regions, like the West, took on conventional tonalities while the East adopted the more complex microtonality of Turkish maqams. It was only after the Soviets occupied Bulgaria that a lot of the music was arranged in more modernist Western styles, as a form of cultural preservation.

    Regarding the Text: Hristo Botev was one of Bulgaria's most famous revolutionary poets. "Dark Clouds" uses a common image found in Bulgarian literature, and seen throughout the country--huge, ominous rainclouds, often used as a poetic device to symbolize oppression. The setting of the forest is significant as well; the woods were where revolutionaries went to hide.

    FROM CHRISTOPHER: "Temen Oblak" is based on traditional Bulgarian melodic shapes, but in the modernist style made popular by Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. It features intricate passing of rhythmic material between voices, tone clusters, unusual ornaments and a strident singing style.


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    Score and Parts
    Orchestration from the album
    2(2Picc).2.2.2/4.3.2+1.1/Timp+5/Pno/Harp/Strings
    [Perc: GC, Tam-tam, SusCym, Chimes, SD]
  • North America Rental: EAM/Schott
  • Rest-of-World Rental: Faber


  • Vocal Score
    Note: the same score can be used either as an SSA arrangement, or SATB
    SSA or SATB, Piano
  • North America Purchase: Alfred
  • Rest-of-World Purchase: Faber