The moon drowned in the ocean,
A silver coin.
Is water safer than land?
The towering waters fall, the dinghy floods,
We swallow salt, we swallow blood.
A star arises in the morning,
A deep grey sky, and pre-dawn calm.
The wind calls. A child’s voice.
The waves on the wet sand found him
After the storm.
[Katherine Firth, “The Moon Drowned,” Movement 3 from Southern Cantata, 2017.]
Southern Cantata, a new advent cantata commissioned by St Johns Southgate, Melbourne to celebrate their Bach Cantata Program’s 20th birthday will have its premiere on Sunday 3 December 2017, at 9am.
The work is scored for choir, 2 soloists and period instrument orchestra (strings, trumpet, timpani, theorbo, harpsichord and organ) composed by Andrew Schultz to a libretto by Katherine Firth.
Kate Macfarlane (soprano), Christopher Roache (tenor), Graham Lieschke (conductor).
St Johns Southgate
20 City Road
Telephone (03) 9682 4995
Director of Music: Graham Lieschke
The Cantata performance will be preceded at 8:30am by a discussion of the new work with Katherine, Graham and Andrew.
For more information: St Johns Southern Cantata Flyer*
Photos from the first performance by Julianne Schultz