Christopher Marshall


Instrumentationsmall orchestra (piccolo, 1 flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets in Bb, timpani, 1 percussion, harp, strings)
Lengthca. 12 minutes
DifficultyWritten for and first performed by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, but several successful performances also by the Christchurch Youth Orchestra. Accomplished youth/community orchestra level; soli for concertmaster and principal violist and cellist.
CommentsTonal, Romantic, very melodic and expressive.
SourcesPerusal score available (with tape if required) from:
Vaia'ata Print
1/131 Williamson Avenue
Auckland 1002, New Zealand.
fax: +64 9 360-4958
Tape: Members of NZSO, Kenneth Young conducting.
Extras'.....a serene piece of great beauty...' (Timothy Jones, Press, May 25) '....hauntingly poignant...' (Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener, July 17)
HistoryCommissioned by the parents of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart as a celebration of their lives. First performed by members of the NZSO, under Kenneth Young, Wellington, August 23, 1998. Subsequently performed in and around Christchurch by the Christchurch Youth Orchestra in May 1999.
Contributorthe composer

The Song of Gaia

Instrumentation1 flute/piccolo, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet in C, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, harp, piano, strings
Lengthca. 18 minutes
CommentsPart 1: a vision of Earth ­ its land, ocean and atmosphere, and all the life they contain ­ as a single macro-organism.
Part 2: a prayer for Earth's continued existence.
Part 1: coruscating melodic fragments, pointillistic, atmospheric, intense.
Part 2: sustained, Romantic, canonic yet richly melodic treatment of the same material.
SourcesChristopher Marshall
Phone: +64 9 360-4957, Fax: +64 9 360-4958
Address: 1/131 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1002 New Zealand
HistoryFirst two performances, Auckland University Orchestra, 1989 - dir: Peter Scholes. Major revision. Public reading, NZSO, 2001 - dir: Hamish McNeish. Further revision. Performance, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, 2003 - dir: Peter Scholes
Contributorthe composer


Instrumentation2 Choirs (children's choir, SA; adult choir SATB)
Orchestra (1 piccolo, 2 flutes, 1 oboe, 1 cor anglais, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpet in Bb, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, harp, strings
Lengthca. 15 minutes
CommentsRomantic, dramatic, very melodious, setting of 'environmental' text.
SourcesChristopher Marshall
ExtrasFree pdf perusal score. Recording of performance available from March 2005
HistoryCommissioned by the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville Community College in 2004.
Premiere scheduled for Feb. 12, 2005, Madisonville KY, Madisonville Community Chorus, Glema Mahr Children's Choir, Murray University Symphony Orchestra directed by Prof. Dennis Johnson
Contributorthe composer

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