Piano Practice

by Anthony Ritchie, for SATB choir a cappella, Opus 151

This setting of Lauris Edmond's poem is thoughtful and beautiful, well suited to an amateur choir. It was written for The Southern Consort of Voices in Dunedin, to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Programme Note

Piano Practice was commissioned by The Southern Consort of Voices to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2010. It is a setting of a poem by New Zealander Lauris Edmond, describing a young girl practicing the piano and comparing the rigorous discipline of this exercise with the freedom of playing outside. The song is designed for a chamber choir of about 30 singers, splitting into 8 parts at various stages. It was premiered in June at the Otago Girls High School Auditorium.

Dedicated to The Southern Consort of Voices