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The Phoenix and the Turtle

The Phoenix and the Turtle

for chamber choir

Text by William Shakespeare


  • Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB), minimum 12 voices
  • Edition: choral score
  • Language: English
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Description
The Phoenix and the Turtle sets a poem by Shakespeare published 1601 that uses the metaphor of a bird's funeral to describe the death of an idealistic love. Watkins spins out a jazzy melody surrounded by close harmonies using the text to create a lively, rhythmic opening.

The textures and rhythms settle into homophonic movement as the chords open ever outward in a slower middle section, before resolving onto a solemn ending in unison.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Difficulty: advanced - difficult
Performance duration: 6' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Choral Music of Our Time
Year of composition: 2014
page number: 16
The Phoenix and the Turtle sets a poem by Shakespeare published 1601 that uses the metaphor of a bird's funeral to describe the death of an idealistic love. Watkins spins out a jazzy melody surrounded by close harmonies using the text to create a lively, rhythmic opening.

The textures and rhythms settle into homophonic movement as the chords open ever outward in a slower middle section, before resolving onto a solemn ending in unison.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Difficulty: advanced - difficult
Performance duration: 6' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Choral Music of Our Time
Year of composition: 2014
page number: 16