for large choir

Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:10:00
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus ( Divided )
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Programme Note:
‘elephants’ is a piece about cognitive dissonance, about the difference between ideology and reality. The text, by the composer, is a provocative series of 8 inter-related stanzas, expressing a certain type of militantly atheist/leftist viewpoint. It is inspired in part by Communist poetry from the 1920s and on actual revolutionary propaganda from currently operating Maoist/Marxist military factions, such as the FARC in Columbia. The music, however, is for the most part reflective, calm, considerate; the choir is not necessarily expressing the militant views of the text, but considering them, word by word—sometimes syllable by syllable. The intended effect is one of confusion, a beautiful chaos, as extreme words are lost among the collision of voices and the final result is not a conclusion, not a synthesis, but an affirmation of the beauty of discussion and dissent and disagreement.

-Daryl Jamieson


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 J321el
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 11, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (24 p.) ;
    24 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Music and text by Daryl Jamieson
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