Honey-white Black-stump Koori-kid (Nicholas Ng)

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  • (Posted 2011-03-24)  CPDL #23150:   
Editor: Nicholas Ng (submitted 2011-02-15).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 566 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Honey-white Black-stump Koori-kid
Composer: Nicholas Ng
Lyricist: Robertson Foxcreate page, 2001

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2001
Description: Text by Robertson Fox who was inspired to create a Christmas setting in the Australian bush.

First performed by The Australian Voices (TAV) at The Australian Voices Festival in the Theatre of the Queensland Conservatorium, 2002. Awarded an Equal High Commendation at The Australian Voices Young Composer Award 2002 and currently part of TAV repertoire.

Published by Serendipitous Deep.

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Oh Sir we would see, in our Colony
The paperbark white-snow Jesus-child,
As bushfire candles blaze
On our evergreen blue-gum Christmas trees.

Queen Majesty from across the sea,
Do you honour our Rainbow serpent dreamline Koori prince?

Kind sir, we send to thee from our Colony
The honey-white black-stump Koori-kid,
As hosts of angel gliders in the Southern Cross sky
Sing of a holy summer paddock with a brumby and a dingo by a virgin gin.

What do people bring across the Nullabor,
Down the Birdsville track from the gentle outback,
As gifts for the paperbark honey white-snow black-stump Koori-kid?

A wise camel train of Kalgoorlie gold!
A billy-can of fragrant tea-tree oil
And the bitter ashes from the Thursday fires

For the paperbark honey white-snow black-stump Koori-kid.