Rosalind Carlson

Psalms of Joy for choral

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"Psalms of Joy"  for treble voice S.S.A.A.  a cappella choir (1997) - duration approx. 5:30 minutes

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This is a setting of selected lyrics from the Biblical Psalms concentrating on the words "joy", "rejoicing" and "praise".  The composer's aim was to capture the bright colourful vocal quality of the treble voices as well as the descriptiveness and joyfulness of the lyrics.

A special feature of this composition is the vocal "bell-tolling" motif, which is sung to the word "joy".  This "joy" motif rings through the choir in the opening section,  and then later as an effective coda.

This a cappella choral work was composed by Rosalind Carlson especially for the Carlson Chorale to perform at the Third Australian Women's Music Festival in Sydney in 1997.  Sally Macarthur, Conference Co-ordinator, invited Rosalind to write a work for the Festival.  "Psalms of Joy", which was completed in June 1997 for this September Festival, was the result of that invitation.

World Premiere Performance:  28th September 1997 at St Scholastica's Convent Chapel - Glebe (Sydney, Australia).  This work was recorded on the CD "Arcadia" in 2000, performed by the Carlson Chorale.

Other Live Performance: 28th November 1999 at Mt St Benedict Convent Chapel, Pennant Hills, NSW, Australia, by the Carlson Chorale.

Suitability: Highly recommended for a good quality Secondary School Girls' choir; for competition singing; for a female adult choir who likes a challenging work, and for Cathedral choirs.

Availability:  Music is readily available from Flexi-Fingers.  See order form.
Special offer available for choirs - pack of 25 copies for $50 (while stocks last).  See order form for details.

CDs and Scores are available for viewing at the library of the Australian Music Centre, including the above work.  Follow the link below for a complete listing of works by Rosalind Carlson available from the library:


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