Isbjørn!
for mixed voice choir (SATB), women’s choir (SSAA), vocal quartet (SATB), piano and percussion

Composition Date: 2013
Duration: 00:20:00
Genre: Four Voices, With Chorus + Instrumental Ensemble (1-20 Performers), Percussion, Keyboards

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Alto
  • 1 x Tenor
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Women's chorus
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
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Programme Note:
Isbjørn! was conceived during a trip to the High Arctic in the autumn of 2012 when the composer was a member of The Arctic Circle Expedition, and was inspired by the northern landscapes and maritime settings. One was humbled by the grandeur of the land and the open sky, uncluttered by human habitation, and stilled by the almost complete and utter silence. For us on the expedition the polar bear became a mythical creature; we were aware of its existence, we spoke about it frequently, we saw footprints, but it was not until the last few days that we actually encountered one. With the drastic environmental changes resulting recently from global warming, the habitat of the polar bear is at risk, and the future of this magnificent animal is uncertain. Isbjørn! is intended, in its small way, as a means of raising awareness of the fragility of the Arctic and its inhabitants.

Premiere Information:
10 November 2013, Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, British Columbia
Ensemble Laude, Via Choralis chamber choir, Vox Humana chamber choir, Viva Youth Choirs, and Hexaphone, Nicholas Fairbank; cond.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 4731 F164isb
  • Genre:
  • Four Voices, With Chorus + Instrumental Ensemble (1-20 Performers), Percussion, Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 5, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (34 p. ) ;
    34 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Via Choralis Chamber Choir, January 2013,
    with assistance from the British Columbia Arts Council
    Texts by Robert Service, Marcus Lund, and Nicholas Fairbank

    I. -- Let us probe the silent places -- II. Let us embark into silver twilight -- III. Isbjørn -- IV. Ice Colours -- V. Aurora
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