Iza Ngomso

(2013)

by Christopher Tin

Description
orchestra, tenor soloist and choir
Contributors
Kani Maqubela
Duration
4
Genres
Chorus with Orchestra/Large Ensemble
Text
Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Instrumentation
2(II=picc).2.2.2 - 4331 - timp - perc(4): gc/tam-t/susp.cym/chimes/glsp/ptti - cel - harp - strings
Languages
Xhosa
Commission

Commissioned by Waterford Union High School

First Performance
FP: 05/01/2014 Waterford Union High School (Wisconsin, USA): Waterford Union High School Choirs, Derek Machan
Availability

Score and parts available for hire (outside North America).


Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for hire worldwide (outside North America) by Faber Music Ltd

Programme Notes

"Iza Ngomso" is the fourth movement of The Drop That Contained the Sea, and like the rest of the movements, is based on water in one of its unique naturally occuring states. In the case of "Iza Ngomso", a piece about clouds, the text is derived from an unusual translation of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem "Kerabos": translated into Xhosa, one of the national languages of South Africa (and one of the African dialects that features prominent 'click' sounds).

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