the blue eye of god (ssaa)


  • Catalog ID: S-28
  • First Line: the animals, the winged and swimming creatures...
  • Composer: Nancy Telfer
  • Voicing: ssaa
  • Accompaniment: a cappella
  • Language: English
  • Country: Canada
  • Series: Saint Mary's College Choral Series
  • Other: women
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


“The Blue Eye of God” was commissioned by “Les Choristes,” the award-winning women’s choir at the University of Western Ontario.  Dolphins, herons, humpbacks, and orcas all play a part in this setting of a strong ecological statement by the Canadian poet Barbara Powis.  Sharp dissonant cries contrast with whispered murmurings, and long arching melodies stand out in bold relief against imaginative accompanimental textures in this well-written piece.  Demanding vocally and interpretively, but very possible for good choirs.