Calm the waves of this heart

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Project Description

Upcoming Performance

WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE

Date:
Saturday 12 August, 2017 (7PM)
Venue: St John’s Anglican Cathedral, 373 Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000, Australia.
Performers: Brisbane Chamber Choir, conducted by Graeme Morton AM, with guest soloist Diana Tolmie (soprano saxophone).
Program: “Sax & Song: A degustation of choral music” – Bob Chilcott’s “A Little Jazz Mass” (featuring Michael Farther, Ron Williams & Steven Stiller), Kenneth Leighton’s “Missa Brevis”, Matthew Orlovich’s “Calm the waves of this heart”, and other sax & song surprises.

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Composer’s Note

Calm the waves of this heart (for Bb Soprano Saxophone and SATB Choir) was commissioned in 2017 to mark the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of Brisbane Chamber Choir.

The text for my setting, by the Danish philosopher, theologian and poet, Søren Kierkegaard, is a prayer beseeching the heavenly Father to “calm the waves of this heart” and provide reassurance that “the whole world may not be able to take away Thy peace”.

My setting of the prayer begins with a hushed atmosphere of choristers’ unvoiced exhalations. The “waves” and “tempests” of the heart, as portrayed by Kierkegaard, soon make their presence felt in the choral writing, with high and low chords used to create an undulating music. Throughout the work, the soprano saxophone rides restlessly along the top of the choristers’ waves, charting a course of virtuosity and lyricism.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to The University of Chicago Press for granting me permission to set music to Søren Kierkegaard’s text. I also warmly thank Brisbane Chamber Choir, Diana Tolmie (saxophonist) and Graeme Morton AM (conductor) for presenting the world premiere performance. – M.O.

Calm the waves of this heart
(for Bb Soprano Saxophone & SATB Choir)
For Score & parts availability, contact Matthew!

TITLE:
Calm the waves of this heart (for Bb Soprano Saxophone & SATB Choir)

DATE OF COMPOSITION:
2017

COMMISSIONED BY:
Brisbane Chamber Choir, Queensland, Australia.

SCORED FOR:
Bb Soprano Saxophone & SATB Choir

TEXT BY:
Søren Kierkegaard

DURATION:
c. 8 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE:
Saturday 12 August, 2017 (7PM) – Brisbane Chamber Choir, directed by Graeme Morton AM, with international guest soloist Diana Tolmie (Soprano Saxophone) @ St John’s Anglican Cathedral, 373 Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000, Australia.

PUBLISHER:
Matthew Orlovich

ISMN:
tbc

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I look forward to hearing from you!