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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Hubbub

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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The Word

Giles SwayneGZ107
Solo flute | SATB | Duration: 3½ minutes

Commissioned by Jack and Linda Hoeschler of St. Paul, Minnesota for the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. First performed on 24th September 2010 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge under Timothy Brown, with Nicholas Mogg (flute). A companion piece for Hubbub, this second setting of a poem by Kevin Crossley-Holland celebrates the need for calm contemplative moments of the spirit.

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Dolorosa

Giles SwayneGZ109
Solo cello | SATB soloists | SATB choir | Duration: 42 minutes

Commissioned by Mitteldeutsch Rundfunk in 2010, and first performed in the Peterskirche, Leipzig on November 3rd 2011 by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunkchor under Howard Arman, this compelling piece is a reworking of Swayne’s Stabat Mater of 2004.

   

“ . . . heartrendingly beautiful.” Mitteldeutsche Zeitung


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