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little tree (2004)

little tree is a setting for two-part children's choir and orchestra of e e cummings' charming child's view of a Christmas tree being decorated - in fact that of a brother and sister. My piece tries to depict the excitement that children feel at the first sight of the Christmas tree. The concept is naughty children sneaking a look at Christmas presents under the tree so I've gone for a kind of bouncy sneaky motion and a contrasting well-behaved big tune.

The piece was written in September 2004 . It is seven minutes long and has high tinkly, Christmassy sounds throughout. cummings' text actually has capitals for 'Noel Noel', so he must have really liked Christmas too.

little tree was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Children's Choir and Gondwana Voices.

 

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