Anthem for the Offertory by Vivien Arnold

score

SATB choir and piano accompaniment, c.1'50
Words by Vivien Arnold.  Composed 2015
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Encompassing Prayer by Vivien Arnold

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SSATB
Composed 2016

 

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I See His Blood Upon the Rose by Vivien Arnold

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SATB choir and piano accompaniment, c.2'00
Text by Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887-1916).  Composed 2015
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Incidental Music for Peter Pan by Vivien Arnold

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Flute and Piano.  Ideal Music Theatre work for primary and secondary school students and adults.
The Peter Pan script is available from the internet copyright free throughout the world (except USA until 2023). Some additional lyrics have been included.
Music composed c.1980

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Isabella by Vivien Arnold

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Ideal Music Theatre work for primary and secondary school students and adults.
Isabella [or The trials of a convicts maid] is a cross-genre piece - a combination of melodrama, pantomime and G&S.  The humour, using caricature, pun and slap-stick, is designed to cater for all ages.  Over the past three decades it has been regularly performed in schools and adult drama and operatic societies throughout Australia.
Composed 1977 rev 1979

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Job Pilgrim by Vivien Arnold

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Ideal Music Theatre work.
This work was informed and inspired by many contemporary theologians, psychologists, scientists and poets including Cynthia  Bourgeault, Richard Dawkins, Richard Rohr, John Saxbee, Eckhart Tolle, and Keith Ward, and those now dead including Meister Ekhart, TS Eliot, John Greenleaf Whittier, Hafiz, G M Hopkins, Rainer Rilke, Rumi,  and  in particular Carl Jung.  I have used their words both as quotes and libretti throughout.  I have also used Biblical texts.  The work is based on the Book of Job.
Inspiration also came from doctors, nursing staff and patients.
The script is loosely modelled on a miracle play. The music is enigmatic in the use of keys: Bb (be flat); C (see); C# (see sharply), B (Be); although, for the sake of variety, this idea isn’t used exclusively.
The choir of pilgrims, the quartet and many of the solos and duets by Christof and Sophia, act like a Greek chorus, commenting on the play
Although this is conceived as a dramatised oratorio, the music could stand alone as a whole or as separate items.  A second script - Faith Re-Found - (included as an addendum) is provided to hold much of the music together for performance as an oratorio with no dramatics.
Written and music composed 2014

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Lukannon by Vivien Arnold

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Baritone solo or men's choir
Words by Rudyard Kipling.  Composed 2016

 

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Magnificat, The by Vivien Arnold

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Soprano and piano, c.2'30
Composed 2016

 

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Man Called Thunderbolt, The by Vivien Arnold

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 Ideal Music Theatre work for higher school students and adults.

Fred Ward - alias Captain Thunderbolt - was Australia's longest lasting and most successful bushranger.  Over seven years he held people up in the New England area and was rumoured to have taken twenty thousand pounds.  Naturally this peeved a great many people.  However there were others who truly held him in esteem - even some of his victims.
This arose from admiration of his superb horsemanship, his unfailing politeness, his eschewed non-violence, his good humour and sense of fun, his soft-heartedness, his kindness to the orphaned, his championship of the underdog, and his sense of fair play.  In short, he was Australia's real life Robin Hood.
In sharp contrast, the authorities showed him no leniency at any stage.  Moreover, after his death, some believe accounts of his life were deliberately suppressed and expunged because he was a natural inspiration for the sort of republican rebellion they dreaded.  
His strong and passionate relationship with Maryanne Bugg - Queen Yellow Long - pointed to reconciliation with the first Australians.  Sadly their children were farmed out and the lineage lost.
This opera traces the story of their lives as a reality, albeit somewhat romanticised.  At the same time it examines attitudes and interests of the day in the young colony of New South Wales through using both anecdotes and written records.
Its large cast features people documented in the stories told about Ward.  All chorus members are required to have speaking or solo/ensemble singing roles so this is not a production that asks people to sit around back-stage for slabs of time.  The original staging comprised large blocks that could be quickly rearranged for set changes.  This too was the job of the entire cast, who sometimes turned their backs to the audience forming human walls as part of the set.  Costuming is inexpensive.  
The work was written for an amateur society with a cast of around 50 (good for ticket sales!).  It received critical acclaim when it was staged in 1988 for the bicentennial.  Being an historic piece it has not dated.

 

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Psalm for Palm Sunday by Vivien Arnold

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Treble, SATB choir and piano accompaniment, c.2'30
Biblical text.  Composed 2015
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Sand Fairy, The by Vivien Arnold

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Voice, flute and Piano.  Ideal Music Theatre work for primary and secondary school students and adults.
An Australian musical derived from "Five Children and It" and "The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E Nesbit.  Additional lyrics, libretto and music by Vivien Arnold and Liam Smith.
Music composed 1991

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Three Songs for Music Hall by Vivien Arnold

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Soprano and piano
1. A Maid's Lament (Arnold)
2. He'd have given designer brands (Arnold)
3. The Billingsgate Beau (Arnold)
Composed 2017

 

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