If I Could (Have Given You A Note)

Music of Sally Greenaway
Commissioned by Sarah Rice, for Oriana Chorale

If I Could is a delightful meeting of text and music exploring the timeless human condition of loss and regret. It is not an archaic or dreary exploration of the topic, but rather is hopeful and reassuring with sublime melodic contours, harmony that covers delightful clusters to broad sweeping progressions that fill the heart with joy and sorrow in equal measure, and a wonderful lyricism built upon memories of nostalgia, joy and regret.

The piece should be sung with as little vibrato as possible, to maximise the intonation in the harmony and the message of the lyric.

If I could have given you a note
At the blue hour of your time ...

It would be the Northern Star
To your ship and the lighthouse too

Note: the SSAATB version includes a piano part to assist with rehearsals, but the piece should be performed a capella.

Category: Vocal, Choral, Art Song;
Instrumentation: SSAATB (a capella): SSAATB
Year: 2021
Work duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty/level: Advanced
Category: Vocal, Choral, Art Song;
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB (a capella): SSAATTBB
Year: 2022
Work duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty/level: Advanced
Commissioned by: Sarah Rice for Oriana Chorale, 2020.

Versions of this work appear in these recordings

If I Could (Have Delivered You A Note)
Sally Greenaway
Released 2022

Performed by Luminescence, Conducted by Roland Peelman

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