If the wind is west...
for six voices SATTBB

Composition Date: 2005
Duration: 00:05:00
Genre: Five to Eight Voices, A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Alto
  • 2 x Tenor
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Bass
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Programme Note:
In the summer of 2005, Victoria poet Stephen Scobie gave me a set of poems and suggested I might like to set some of them to music. Being a sailor, this poem about the four winds attracted me, and since my vocal sextet Hexaphone was looking for new repertoire, I decided to try a setting for them. The piece is sometimes light-hearted in nature, but it ends in a kind of yoga exercise about breath and breathing. It is difficult to sing well, as tuning the polytonal sections can be a challenge, but I hope it is worth the challenge.

Premiere Information:
14/05/2006, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC; Hexaphone vocal ensemble


  • Call Number:
  • MV 5000 F164if
  • Genre:
  • Five to Eight Voices, A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 31, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((17) p.) ; 28 cm.
    17 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • 6 voices: SATTBB

    Text in English by Stephen Scobie
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