Kaksi paimenlaulua (Two Herding Songs) for mixed choir

Whittall, Matthew
Title: Kaksi paimenlaulua (Two Herding Songs) for mixed choir
Authors: Whittall, Matthew (Composer)
Rytkönen, Antti (Sanoittaja)
Product number: 9790550119192
Product form: Sheet music
Availability: Delivery in 7-16 days
Publication date: 7.5.2024
Price: 7,00 € (6,36 € vat 0 %)

Publisher: Fennica Gehrman
Edition: 2024
Publication year: 2024
Language: Finnish
Pages: 19
Product family: Choral works
Mixed choir
Finnish library classification: 78.3411 Sekakuorot
Key words: sekakuoro
Matthew Whittall's Kaksi paimenlaulua (Two Herding Song, 2012) is set for mixed choir or SSATBarB vocal ensemble.

The composer tells: "Every so often, you get handed one of those rare composing projects where you get to put aside modern(ist) aesthetic considerations and just have fun. When I was approached by the Hiljaa Ensemble, a group of enthusiastic hobbyist madrigal singers, for a short piece in Finnish for their anniversary concert, I found myself at a loss for a text and asked that they send me suggestions. Out of the dozens of poems I received, a rather lightweight pair of nineteenth-century verses by Antti Rytkönen, underlined as being similar to the type of pastoral poetry used in early madrigal settings, seemed just the right thing for the occasion. Although the resulting music is not especially madrigal-like, it does nod frequently toward elements of that tradition, and the bouncing, rhythmic, highly repetitive approach to text setting leans heavily on a few well-known examples of the genre. (I also took the opportunity to tweak the noses of a number of Finnish choral traditions along the way.) Tuliluulialei! takes as its basis the onomatopoeic horn call of the title, building layer upon layer of rolling dotted-rhythm patterns. This motto then carries forward into Mansikkavaras (The Strawberry Thief), a more humorous call-and-response song between crafty boys and ever-innocent girls."

Duration: 6'
I Tuliluulialei
II Mansikkavaras (The Strawberry Thief)

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