Drop That Contained The Sea, The


by Christopher Tin

orchestra, soloists and choir
Chorus with Orchestra/Large Ensemble
2(II=picc).2(II=ca).2(II=bcl).2(II=cbsn) - 4331 - timp - perc(5): gc/sd/tom-toms/tam-t/sus.cym/ptti/gongs (in a and c)/chimes/glsp/xylo/singing bowls/fingcym/windchimes/whip/shkr/tamb/riq/udu/darabuka/djembe/frame drum/table - pno(celeste) - harp - strings
Xhosa, Portuguese, Sanskrit, Ancient Greek
First Performance
FP: 13.04.2014 Carnegie Hall (New York, USA): Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Choir,Jonathan Griffith

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Programme Notes

The Drop That Contained the Sea is a collection of works on the theme of water. Each of the 10 pieces is sung in a different language, exploring a different vocal tradition: Bulgarian women's choirs, Mongolian throat singing, and Portuguese fado, to name just a few. Each piece also deals with water in a different form, arranged in the order that water flows through the world: melting snow, mountain streams, rivers, the ocean, and so forth. And like Calling All Dawns, the end of the album flows back into the beginning, reflecting the endless nature of the water cycle.

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