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So Hallowed Is That Time

Classical/Choral music • 2008 • Lyricist: William Shakespeare

So Hallowed Is That Time

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Seller Stephen Smith
PDF, 1.61 Mb ID: SM-000523837 Upload date: 10 May 2021
Piano, Violin, Cello, Female choir
Scored for
Trio, Choir
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Stephen Smith
A piece for SSSAAA choir, violin, cello, and piano, commissioned by Elektra Women's Choir for their 2008 Christmas concert with "Joe Trio." The text is a speech from the first scene of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," about the mysterious phenomena thought to be associated with the season of Christmas: "The bird of dawning singeth all night long... no planets strike, no fairy takes... So hallowed and so gracious is that time."

The piece begins with an instrumental "dawn chorus," incorporating the songs of seven species of birds native to British Columbia, and the rest of the work (taking its pitch material from those seven songs) is imbued with a sense of the magic and mystery that are in the air as Christmas approaches. Elektra's recent recording of the piece, conducted by Morna Edmundson, with violinist Joan Blackman, cellist Rebecca Wenham, and the composer at the piano, can be heard on YouTube at .
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