God will give orders/Sweet child

God will give orders/Sweet child : Upper voice vocal score

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for SSAA, solo cello, djembe, and piano This evocative anthem, from the larger work Snow Angel, is a piece of two halves. Opening with a haunting cello line, the first section ('God Will Give Orders') is mystical and ethereal, until a vibrant figure from the djembe lifts the music into the second section ('Sweet Child'), which is uplifting and bold in character, with a distinctly African feel and an effective a cappella ending.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 178 x 252 x 2mm | 44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193512025
  • 9780193512023

About Sarah Quartel

Canadian composer, conductor, and educator Sarah Quartel is known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. Her works have been performed throughout North America and featured by groups such as the National Youth Choir of Canada, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and the a cappella group Rajaton. She became a conductor with Viva Children's Choirs in 2011, and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events throughout Canada.show more

Review quote

The music in the first section is static, atmospheric, and languorous. The cello provides eloquent statements in the high tenor range, interacting freely with the voices. As this section draws to a close, the djembe enters, ratcheting up the vivacity of the music. A quasi-gospel motif enters with two measures of syncopated four-voices chords. This musical burden continues throughout, with a small group adding a solo melody line that delineates the text of the poem. The piece builds intensity to a final cadential climax, at which point the instruments suddenly drop out. A brief unaccompanied dA (c)nouement winds the piece down with a melismatic flourish. * Jason Overall, AAM Journal, February 2017 *show more