Nova Polska
for chorus and chamber orchestra

Instrumentation:

chorus (SATB), solo tenor; flute (doubling), oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, celesta, harp, 5perc, strings (4,4,3,4,2)

Words:

‘Nova Polska’ by Caroline Smith

Duration:

17'

Year of composition:

1992

Premiere:

BBC Singers, London Chamber Symphony / conducted by Odaline de la Martinez

Maida Vale Studios, London,

24 November 1995 (studio recording),

for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (Hear & Now), 9 February 1996

Published by:

Echoing the design of a baroque cantata, Nova Polska consists of a prelude and fugato, a lullaby, a song, a recitative for chorus, an arioso for solo tenor and chorus, and a closing chorale.

    

Caroline Smith commented that

[her] narrative poem records the changing nature of Poland’s history in the 20th Century through the life of a Polish doctor … Silhouetted above the ancient capital of Poland is a sleeping soldier prince, turned into a mountain long ago. Tradition tells that he will wake to the sound of the castle bell in his country’s hour of need.

 

S.M.