Song is a setting of a poem by James K. Baxter, one of New Zealand's foremost poets. It tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth and the values of truth, love and mercy he espoused. The gentle regular pulse in the piano suggests the character of Jesus walking into the city.
Song was commissioned by Maureen Smith for the ordination of 7 Catholic priests at Holy Cross Chapel, in Mosgiel, New Zealand. It was originally scored for male voices in unison accompanied by organ. It has been arranged under this opus for
It has also been arranged for solo voice and piano in versions for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor and Bass (all under opus 54c).
It became popular particularly in the version for mezzo soprano and piano, and in 2008 was recorded by Anna Leese on the CD New Zealand Poets in Song: Songs by Anthony Ritchie (see http://www.anthonyritchie.co.nz/recordings.html ).
It has been widely performed in multiple versions, both solo and choral.
|2 part female choir with piano|
|2 part male choir (baritone, bass) |
in bass clef, with piano Opus 54a2
|2 part male choir (tenor, bass)
with piano Opus 54a3
|SATB choir with piano Opus 54a4||SATB choir with piano, violin, 'cello
and flute Opus 54a5
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