Three Carols for 1984 (1984)
for unison Children's Choir & Wind Band
Texts by the composer
Commissioned by Wigan LEA
I Peace Carol: duration 2 mins
Star shine out brightly
II Platt Bridge Carol: duration 2 minutes
Children sing! Cry and shout!
III Wigan Pier Carol: duration 3 minutes
She thought to herself she'd like to see
These three occasional pieces reflect both topical issues in 1984, such as Orwell's book, and also McQueen's own responses to living in the North West of England. The tradition of the Christmas Ghost Story is combined with the Orwellian search for the mythical Wigan Pier and the traditional Music Hall song.
The Wind Band scoring is for: 2 fls; ob; 3 cls; 2 alto sax; ten sax; 2 bsns. 2 hns; 2 tpts; euph in Bb; 2 tbns; bass tbn; tuba in Eb; 2 perc.
MP3 audio extract (1'32"):
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