All Around and About
About this work:
All Around and About was written to be performed by two choral groups singing opposite each other with an ensemble of wind instruments playing between them. The first group, called Voices 1, was intended to consist of children and/or women, the second, called Voices 2, of children, other women, and possibly even men. If there are men, they will sound an octave lower than the children and the women. The two choral groups will always sing in canon with each other just as rounds like Row, Row, Row Your Boat are sung when all the singers sing the same melody but begin at different times. The ensemble of wind instruments sometimes also performs canonically. Although it will often accompany the singers it may also play without them. Of the two melodic lines played by the ensemble one can be played with any combination of woodwind instruments like the flute, the oboe and the clarinet, but the other should be played by a saxophone together with one or two clarinets. Rather than sing words, the choristers sing syllables like "Ma" or "Ti" which further supports the changing character of the music.
Version: for 2 choral groups and instrumental ensemble
Year composed: 2017
Ensemble type: Chorus, with or without Solo Voices
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Alto Saxophone
Instrumentation notes: Instrumentation is variable so that, although no more than one saxophone should be used, more than 1 flute or oboe or clarinet may be used for their prescribed parts.