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Giles SwayneGZ104
Solo flute | SATB soloists | SATB choir | Duration: 4½ minutes

Commissioned by Jack and Linda Hoeschler of St. Paul, Minnesota for the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. First performed on 4th September 2010 in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge under Timothy Brown, with Daniel Pailthorpe (flute). USA premiere: 24th September 2010, University of St Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge under Timothy Brown, with Nicholas Mogg (flute). The poem by Kevin Crossley-Holland deals with the fragility of spirituality in a confused world. The flute is a songbird compromised by its environment, mindlessly garbling mobile phone ringtones – themselves garbled melodies. Its natural song survives – but only just.

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Der Wandersmann

Giles SwayneGZ103
12-part choir: SSSAAATTTBBB | Duration: 3½ minutes

Commissioned by the Mitteldeutschrundfunk Choir, Leipzig, and first performed by them under Howard Arman in the Peterskirche, Leipzig on 18th June, 2010, as part of a Robert Schumann centenary series. A setting of the opening lines of Ungewisses Licht by Joseph von Zedlitz (set by Schumann in 1862) which describe a wanderer blundering across a wild and rocky landscape, much as the human race blunders through history.

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O mysteria

Giles SwayneGZ101
Solo flute | SSAATTBB | Duration: 4 minutes

Written in November 2009 for the choir of Clare College, Cambridge and first performed by them under Tim Brown at St John’s, Smith Square, London on 16th December, 2009. A setting of lines from De rerum natura by Lucretius (95-55 BCE) which celebrate the wonders of a continually evolving world – a century before the dawn of Christianity, and nineteen centuries before Darwin published The Origin of Species.

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Adam lay ibounden

Giles SwayneGZ099
Solo cello | SSAATTBB | Duration: 4¼ minutes

Commissioned by St. John’s College, Cambridge for its 2009 Advent Carol Service, and first performed by them under Andrew Nethsingha (with Graham Walker, cello) in St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge on 28th and 29th Nov 2009 (broadcast on BBC Radio). A dramatic setting of these much-loved words.

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