Location: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia National Library , Australian Music Centre
Instrumentation: Oratorio for soprano and bass-baritone soloists, SATB chorus and orchestra.
Composer: Raymond Hanson
Composed: Opus 33, 1942-1976
Oratorio for soprano and bass-baritone soloists, SATB chorus and orchestra.
Part 1 consists of 10 songs, 1. Thou has made me endless ( chorus); 2. When thou commandest me to sing (bass-baritone);. 2a. I know not how thou singest (bass-baritone); 3. My song has put of her adornments (soprano); 4. Here is thy footstool (chorus); 5. Leave this chanting and singing (bass-baritone); 6. My desires are many (soprano); 7. I am here to sing thee songs (bass-baritone); 8. I am only waiting for love (soprano); 9. Where the mind is without fear (chorus).
Part 2 consists of 9 songs, 1. Thus it is that thy joy in me is so full (chorus); 2. Have you not heard his silent steps? (soprano, bass-baritone and chorus); 3. The same stream of life (soprano); 4. Is it beyond thee? (bass-baritone); 5. Deliverance is not for me (soprano); 6. He it is, the innermost one (chorus); 7. It is the pang of separation (soprano); 8. Ever in my life (bass-baritone); 9. In one salutation to thee (chorus).
Text by Rabindranath Tagore – Gitanjali
Dedicated to Sir Eugene Goossens
1st performance (for broadcast studio recording of Part 1) March 1971 Molly McGurk soprano; Alan McKie baritone; The Adelaide singers; conductor Patrick Thomas.
Public Performance of part 1 – 10th June, 1975. Rita Baldacchino soprano; Graham Russell, bass-baritone; The Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Combined Choirs of the NSW State Conservatorium; Conducted by Richard Gill.