Ave maris stellaHamilton David
Year of composition 2012.
The piece uses little material other than the original chant melody. It is presented against a single sustained pitch from the singing bowl which sounds throughout. The work uses a mix of fully notated and semi-improvised music to create an atmospheric response to the text. Only the first and last verses of the text are used, with the choir only ever singing the first verse, and two solo voices singing the final verse.
Ave maris stella was written for St. Mary’s Schola (St. Mary’s College, Auckland, NZ)
|Opening words||Ave maris stella, Dei mater alma...|
|Ensemble||SSAA + singing bowl|
|Music Style||Contemporary / Modern|