Vocal, Choral, Art Song

WorkInstrumentationDifficulty/LevelWork Duration
Look to This Day
  • Bass Baritone Voice, Piano
  • Soprano Voice, Piano
Advanced3min 30sec
Stay Awhile
  • SATB div. (a capella)
  • SATB div. with Piano Accompaniment
  • SSAA with Piano Accompaniment
  • SA with Piano Accompaniment
Medium-Advanced4min
Resonance
  • SATB divisi (a capella)
Advanced 5min
Skylark
  • SATB divisi (a capella)
Advanced 3min
Interlude
  • SSAA Jazz Vocal Ensemble
  • SATB Jazz Vocal Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble (flexible)
Medium3min
Waltzing Matilda
  • SSATBaB (unaccompanied)
  • SATB div. with Piano Accompaniment
  • SATB div. (unaccompanied)
Advanced4min
Noel Day
  • SA with Piano Accompaniment
Medium4min
A Touch of Christmas
  • SA with Piano Accompaniment
  • SA with Orchestra
Medium4min

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Look to This Day

Look to This Day weaves between the two worlds of jazz and classical music. It features a richly coloured harmonic palette typical of jazz artists like Kurt Elling, whilst paying homage to the traditions of French mélodie (art songs) such as those by Reynaldo Hahn. During the composition process, Greenaway was particularly interested in exploring the intertwining of the vocal line and the piano accompaniment. This results in both parts sharing the spotlight throughout the piece. The vocal part is challenging but in many ways quite cantabile, and the piano accompaniment is detailed with moments of shimmering and restrained grandeur.

The piece's lyrics are loosely based on an English translation of the poem 'Look to This Day' by Kālidāsa (India, c. 5th Century CE):

Look to this day, for it is life, it's life! The very life of life.
In its brief course lies the truth of one's existence.
The bliss of growth. the glory of action.
The splendour of achievement are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream, and today well-lived makes tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore this day. Such is the welcome to the ever new dawn.

Instrumentation: Bass Baritone Voice, Piano - Vocal range: A2-Db4. Piano part is grade 8+.
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2013
Commissioned by: Patrick Baker for inclusion in his 'Australian Spring' performance program.
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Kalidasa (India, c. 5th Century CE)
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song
Instrumentation: Soprano Voice, Piano - Vocal range: E4-Ab5. Piano part is grade 8+.
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2018
Commissioned by: (revised scoring for soprano voice) Sarah Louise Owens.
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Kalidasa (India, c. 5th Century CE)
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song

Stay Awhile

This evocative piece was written as a gift for Woden Valley Youth Choir (scored for SA with a stunning, reflective piano accompaniment). It has since been re-arranged for a capella SATB divisi, for Luminescence Chamber Choir.

The lyrics are about overcoming adversity or difficult times: to comfort and inspire when feeling lost or caught up in life's events.

"If the moon goes out I will light a star,
and brighten up your heart.
If you're feeling down,
I will raise you up and hold you close awhile."

Instrumentation: SATB div. (a capella) - SSAATTBB with additional small solo parts.
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Medium-Advanced
Year: 2012
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Sally Greenaway
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song
Instrumentation: SATB div. with Piano Accompaniment - SSAATTBB with additional small solo parts
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Medium-Advanced
Year: 2012
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Sally Greenaway
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song
Instrumentation: SSAA with Piano Accompaniment - For 4-part treble choir (with optional small solo parts). Mostly in 2 part, with the climax in 4 parts.
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2012
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Sally Greenaway
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: SA with Piano Accompaniment - For 2-part treble choir (with optional small solo parts)
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Year: 2012
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Sally Greenaway
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles

Resonance

Resonance explores the process of a little note growing into the power of song, with lyrics by Kirsten Duncan. The work celebrates the unifying and transformative power of song, showcasing the beauty and passion of a capella voices. Greenaway brings musical life and imagery to the Duncan's poem. Greenaway was free to explore more colourful composition techniques such as clusters and featured moments for soloists. The work is inspired loosely on the musical styles of Reynaldo Hahn and Eric Whitacre.

Instrumentation: SATB divisi (a capella) - SSSAATTBB with additional small solo parts.
Range: Soprano 1 to high Bb, Bass 2 to low Eb
Duration: 5min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2015
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Kirsten Duncan
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song

Skylark

This introspective a-capella vocal work features lyrics from the poem A Green Cornfield by Christina Rosetti (1830-1894). The piece features a beautifully unfolding opening before exploring the darker palette of sumptuous harmony akin to Poulenc.

Instrumentation: SATB divisi (a capella) - SSAATTB.
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2001
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Christina Rosetti
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song

Interlude

Originally written for the female jazz vocal quartet Clever Sunday, this piece has been performed at music festivals and concerts around Australia. It is a fun up-beat ‘scat’-style (vocalise) piece, with an ostinato bassline. It features an improvisation section (which has been fully scored but could equally be improvised to good effect). There are several versions of the piece available – for SATB vocal ensemble, instrumental quartet, and flexible jazz ensemble.

Instrumentation: SSAA Jazz Vocal Ensemble - SSAA with lead sheet for optional rhythm section
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2007
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: SATB Jazz Vocal Ensemble - SATB with lead sheet for optional rhythm section.
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2009
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: Jazz Ensemble (flexible) - 2x Horns, lead sheet for Rhythm Section. Parts are transposed into C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef for flexible instrumentation types.
Style: Straight 8ths, Latin
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2009
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Waltzing Matilda

The piece incorporates a rich blench of jazz, classical and pop into this popular Australian folk song. The melody and harmony have been re-imagined to become more lyrical, and includes a new bridging passage in a quasi-jazz style to build the piece into the final verse. This arrangement has been inspired by Rajaton's 'Butterfly' and 'Dobbin's Flowery Vale'.

Instrumentation: SSATBaB (unaccompanied) - A capella Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass. This version is scored for Finnish vocal sextet Rajaton - can be performed by 6 voice vocal ensemble.
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2009
Awards: Winner of the 2009 Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Award. The competition was to arrange Waltzing Matilda for the Finland vocal ensemble Rajaton.
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Banjo Paterson
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song
Instrumentation: SATB div. with Piano Accompaniment - SATB divisi with feature solo moments for Soprano and Alto voices.
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2009
Awards: Winner of the 2009 Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Award. The competition was to arrange Waltzing Matilda for the Finland vocal ensemble Rajaton.
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Banjo Paterson
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song
Instrumentation: SATB div. (unaccompanied) - A capella SATB divisi with feature solo moments for Soprano and Alto voices.
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2009
Awards: Winner of the 2009 Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Award. The competition was to arrange Waltzing Matilda for the Finland vocal ensemble Rajaton.
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Banjo Paterson
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song

Noel Day

A new Australian Christmas Carol with lyrics by Tanya Kiermaier that portray Christmas in Australia. The piece centres on what Christmas means to many Australian children and Australian families - from the City to the Bush.

Instrumentation: SA with Piano Accompaniment - SSAA. Finger cymbals (optional).
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2013
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Tanya Kiermaier
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles

A Touch of Christmas

A new Australian Christmas Carol with lyrics by Tanya Kiermaier that portray Christmas in Australia. The piece centres on what Christmas means to many Australian children and Australian families - from the City to the Bush.

Instrumentation: SA with Piano Accompaniment - SSAA with optional small solo part for Alto.
Duration: 4min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2009
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Tanya Kiermaier
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: SA with Orchestra - (2,2,2,2; 4,3,2+bass,1; timp, perc, hp, str) with treble choir (divisi up to 4 parts)
Duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2014
Commissioned by: This version created on the request of Woden Valley Youth Choir in conjunction with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Text/libretto/lyrics by: Tanya Kiermaier
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; Orchestral, Wind Symphony, Brass Band