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To Face the Night Alone

by Anthony Ritchie, for choir and orchestra, Opus 42

This major work traces the stages of the grief process, mixing poems by James K. Baxter, Sam Hunt and Janet Frame with an evocative and powerful libretto by Pat White. It is direct in style, and well within the capabilities of most city choirs and orchestras.

Programme Note

This work for choir, baritone and orchestra was composed for The Schola Cantorum (now City of Dunedin Choir) and The Dunedin Sinfonia (now Southern Sinfonia), with the assistance of a grant from Creative NZ. It is a song cycle, using ten poems especially written for the work by New Zealander Pat White. Three other poems are by Baxter, Frame and Hunt.

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