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Mountains and Rivers

for SATB choir, Anthony Ritchie Opus 154

Although in 8 parts, this is a simple, evocative setting of Denis Glover's poem through the eyes of West Coaster, Arawata Bill. Suitable for adult or youth choirs.

These settings of poems by Denis Glover are evocative of the rural South in New Zealand. They were composed for the Jubilate Singers who have recorded them for a CD of New Zealand music Southern Landscapes.
Although in 8 parts, this is a simple setting suitable for adult or youth choirs.

Programme Note

These songs were commissioned in 2010 by The Jubilate Singers, conductor Grant Hutchison, for a concert of New Zealand music on the theme of New Zealand landscape. The poems by Denis Glover come from his cycle Arawata Bill (1953) based around the life of an old gold miner in the South Island of New Zealand. These poems and their settings are evocative of the southern landscape. The titles are:

Each section in the choir divides into two parts at various points in the score. It can be sung by chamber choirs or larger choirs alike.

Dedicated to my brother, Simon

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