Composer Andrew Schultz was born in Australia in 1960 and lives in Sydney. He studied at the Universities of Queensland and Pennsylvania and at King’s College London and he has received awards, prizes and fellowships. His music, which covers a broad range of chamber, orchestral and vocal works, has been performed, recorded and broadcast widely by leading groups and musicians internationally. He has held many commissions, including from the major Australian orchestras. Andrew has written a number of large scale works including three operas (Black River, Going Into Shadows and The Children’s Bach) which have been presented live and on film around the world. Other major works include three symphonies, Journey to Horseshoe Bend and Song of Songs. Andrew has held residencies and academic posts in Australia, Canada, France, the UK and USA.
Composer website: andrewschultz.net
Magnificat, Op.79, for unaccompanied choir.
Magnificat for unaccompanied choir was composed over the summer of 2008-2009 and was written in response to a commission from the Sydney Chamber Choir. “Despite the delicacy of the writing and the softness of the singing, there is a sense of quiet determination which echoes the epigram that Schultz has inscribed at the head of the score: “No coward soul is mine” (Emily Brontë, ‘Last Lines’).” (Natalie Shea, program note)
Featured in Spotify Waves – February 2017 (01/02/2017)