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Autumn Fires

New

The poem ‘Autumn Fires’ comes from ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stephenson and is set for SA choir with piano accompaniment. Modal throughout with a broad pitch range, surprising harmonic twists including dissonances in the part writing, this work is suited to a more advanced choir. Composed in 2019, it was first premiered by Birralee Voices, conducted by Jenny Moon, and live streamed in November 2020. A video recording of this performance is available on the Birralee Voices YouTube channel.

Duration

2 minutes

Style

Contemporary art music

Level

Advanced

Parts

SA

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Where Go The Boats?

New

The poem ‘Where Go the Boats?’ comes from ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stephenson and is set for SA choir with piano accompaniment. The song offers many musical challenges, covering a broad pitch range with occasional further subdivisions of parts, making this work suitable for a more advanced ensemble. The work was commissioned by Trinity College, Summerhill in 2018 as part of my role as Composer Fellow. ‘Where Go the Boats?’ and its companion song, ‘Autumn Fires’, are to be recorded by Birralee Voices, Brisbane in 2021.

Duration

2 minutes 30 seconds

Style

Contemporary art music

Level

Advanced

Parts

SA

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Muffin Man

Revised

Revised in 2020, this simple and traditional tune is given a new lease of life with subtle changes in melody, harmony and lyrics. The original melody recurs throughout, though is interrupted with newly composed interludes. The piano accompaniment supports the voices but rarely doubles the melodic line, allowing for choristers to develop musical independence. This arrangement is suited for a young developing choir. The familiarity with the tune, despite subtle variations, should ensure the song is easily learnt.

Duration

2 minutes 30 seconds

Style

Traditional Nursery Rhyme

Level

Beginner/Developing Children's Choir

Parts

Unison

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New Friends

Revised

‘New Friends’ is ideal for the start of the new school year. Composed in 2015 and revised in 2020, it is composed in a contemporary pop style with syncopated rhythms and easy to remember melodies.

Duration

3 minutes 30 seconds

Style

Contemporary/pop

Level

Beginners to developing choir

Parts

Unison with optional descant

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See the Leaves

Revised

Revised in 2020, ‘See the Leaves’ is a unison accompanied song well suited to a developing treble choir. The song includes an optional second part, adding canonic imitation into the texture and offering an ideal opportunity to introduce two-part singing. With a lyrical, memorable melody and mostly limited pitch range, choristers can focus on developing their intonation and expressive skills.

Duration

2 minutes

Style

Children's Song

Level

Beginner Children's Choir

Parts

Unison

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The Broom

Revised

Composed in 2015 and revised in 2020, ‘The Broom’ gives a witch’s broom a life and character of its own. With piano accompaniment, the song combines both unison singing and part singing and the jazz /blues style makes this a lot of fun to perform.

Duration

3 minutes 20 seconds

Style

Blues

Level

Developing treble choir

Parts

SA

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In the Garden (inc Escargot)

The song cycle ‘In the Garden’ includes five short unison songs with music and lyrics by Heather Percy. Each song is about an insect or bug that is found in the typical backyard garden: caterpillar; ladybird; snail (Escargot); butterfly and dragonfly. ‘Butterfly’ was revised in 2020 and includes an optional second part. Due to their brevity these songs are reasonably easy to commit to memory and are intended to be performed as a complete cycle, with each song connected by key. The melodies offer some musical challenges and the role of the piano accompaniment doubles as harmonic support as well as word painting the text.

Duration

5 minutes in total

Style

Children's Song

Level

Developing treble choir

Parts

Unison

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Little Bird

‘Little Bird’ is for unison treble choir with optional second part and piano accompaniment. Capturing the gentility and beauty of the dove, with a soaring middle melody that explores the higher soprano register. ‘Little Bird’ is published by Mark O’Leary Publishing, Melbourne, with words and music by Heather Percy.

Duration

2 minutes 40 seconds

Style

Ballad

Level

Developing treble choir

Parts

Unison/SS

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Little Mouse

‘Little Mouse’ focuses on the intervals of the perfect 4th and the major and minor 2nd. Easily memorised due to a limited range and repetition, the piano accompaniment is written to harmonically support the melody, allowing choristers to develop greater vocal independence in preparation for more complex repertoire.

Duration

1 minute 15 seconds

Style

Children's Song

Level

Beginner children's choir

Parts

Unison

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My Feline Friend

‘My Feline Friend’ is a unison song for children’s choir with piano accompaniment. The lyrics describe the idiosyncratic nature of this much-loved family pet and the music alternates between tango and waltz rhythms.

Duration

2 minutes

Style

Tango and Waltz

Level

Developing Treble Choir

Parts

Unison

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My Secret Place

Composed during my time in France in 2017, this unison song is inspired by the nearby forest where we would regularly walk. The forest was idyllic and quiet, with a path that led through a little open woodland, across an old wooden bridge that arched a babbling brook: a place where elves and fairies can easily be imagined. Supported with a piano accompaniment, the song is modal and possesses a lyrical and legato melody with a range of an octave (D – D’). It is available in both French and English.

Duration

3 minutes

Style

Children's Song

Level

Developing Children's Choir

Parts

Unison

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The Lady at the Window

Composed in 2017 when I was living with my family in the south of France, ‘La Dame à la Fenêtre’ (The Lady at the Window) is available as a unison song as well as for 2-part choir in either French of English. Written in the style of art song, ‘La Dame à la Fenêtre’ has an expressive and lyrical melody with an extended pitch range and could equally be performed as a solo or duet. The song depicts a grand French lady in her later years reminiscing about her colourful life, lending itself to female trebles.

Duration

3 minutes 30 seconds

Style

Waltz

Level

Developing Children's Choir

Parts

SA/Unison

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The Trees

‘The Trees’ for SA choir with piano accompaniment, is a musical setting of the wonderful Philip Larkin poem. The song combines unison singing and part singing and includes frequent dissonant intervals. The lyrical melody and challenging rhythms are supported by a rich harmonic palette.

Duration

3 minutes 30 seconds

Style

Contemporary

Level

Developing to advanced treble choir

Parts

SA

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Winter

This evocative poem by Walter De La Mare is set for SA choir with piano accompaniment. Predominantly modal, the piano gives harmonic support to the vocal parts and helps create the imagery and mood of this snowy winter, with the opening piano figure suggestive of falling snowflakes. Though mostly in 2 parts, ‘Winter’ has some musical challenges and is suited to a more experienced treble choir.

Duration

3 minutes 20 seconds

Style

Contemporary/Modal

Level

Medium to advanced treble choir

Parts

SA