Dayspring - a Madrigal for May (1983)
for three-part children's choir (mainly canonic), two electronic keyboards, vibraphone and marimba
Duration: 6 minutes
Text by E.E. Cummings
The speckled hen begins to scratch-scrutch and scritch
Commissioned by the Hindley (Lancashire) Shulze Festival
This was the first of many pieces for children, written during McQueen's three year term as Composer in Residence for North West Arts Regional Arts Board.
All the instrumental and vocal parts were ably achieved by Year 4 children from three Wigan primary schools. Their success was recognised nationally, when they were invited to perform the work at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of the 1984 National Festival of Music for Youth.
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