Adventures in color : gold
sa & strings or piano

Composition Date: 2000
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Children's chorus
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Children's chorus
  • 1 x String orchestra
Programme Note:
I have always felt that there is a strong connection between visual colors and musical colors. Wen I came across the poems about colors in Mary O'Neill's book, 'Hailstones and Halibut Bones', I realized they would make wonderful songs for young singers. I tried to capture the different colors in the poems I chose with scales and intervals that seemed to match them. Strong colors are expressed with dissonant sounds, while softer colors are described with whole tones and gentler sounds. Particular keys are associated with the various colors: 'Red' is in a key with sharps, 'Blue' is in a key with flats and 'White' has no sharps or flats.

The descriptive and imaginative language in the poems was fun to set to music and I hope that the pieces will be as enjoyable for choirs to sing as they were for me to write.

Ruth Watson Henderson (from the score)


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6101 H497acg 2000
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 2, 2003
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (1, 5 p.) ; 27 cm.
    6 Pages
    Height: 27 cm
    Width: 21 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • For sa choir and strings or piano.

    Words in English by Mary O'Neill.
    'Adventures in Color' was commissioned by the Toronto Children's Chorus with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. "What is Gold?" is from 'HAILSTONES AND HALIBUT BONES' by Mary O'Neill and Leonard Weisgard, III., (copyright) 1961 by Mary LeDuc O'Neill. Used by permission of Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.

    Contains biographical information for the composer.

    The Jean Ashworth Bartle Choral Series : Select Music for Children's Choirs from Canada and abroad.

    Additional People:
    Mary O'Neill
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