Our orphan souls

Giles SwayneGZ 128
Solo bass-baritone, SATB choir, alto sax., double-bass, percussion (1player: vibra. & unpitched perc.) | Duration : 12 minutes

A meditation, after Herman Melville: this setting of fragments from Moby-Dick was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin  and Temple University, Philadelphia. First performed in Philadelphia in November 2014 and in Wisconsin in April 2015. The UK premiere was at Gloucester Cathedral in July 2018 at the Three Choirs Festival.



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Giles SwayneGZ 129
Female & male speakers, SATB choir, continuo organ & cello, 1 percussion (tenor drum) | Duration : 6 minutes

This piece places two chorales from Bach’s St Matthew Passion in the context of “Breaking News” reportage of the crucifixion, with linking narrative by the composer for TV anchor-woman and male reporter (Matthew Evangelist). It was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin in April 2015

GZ 129 GOLGOTHA Front cover for website

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Giles SwayneGZ 130
Three SATB choirs, female choir SA | Duration : 8 minutes

Commissioned by University of Wisconsin, Whitewater in April 2015, this rollicking setting of a ballad by the composer tells the heartwarming & tragic tale of Henry Quackenbush (inventor of the Quackenbush fairground rifle and patent nutcracker) and chronicles the rise and fall of his industrial empire.

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Giles SwayneGZ 133
SATB choir with solos, consort of viols (2 treble, tenor, 2 bass) | Duration : 15 minutes

A setting of a text taken from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Commissioned in 2015 by the New Cambridge Singers and first performed by them with  viol consort Newe Vialles, conducted by Graham Walker, in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge in April 2017.


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