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The Blue Men of Minch

4 members needed
SATB divisi and orchestra
A new work to be composed by James W. Knox
Difficulty: 4 · Medium Difficult
Length: 25 minutes
Releases on Jul. 14th 2021
Must be funded by Jun. 30th 2021
$350 / ensemble

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Donald A. Mackenzie, born in 1873, was a Scottish journalist and folklorist and a prolific writer on religion, mythology and anthropology in the early 20th century. Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth & Legend, published in 1917, is a great insight into Scottish legends and rich culture. The following passage is taken from Chapter V. Nimble Men, Blue Men, and Green Ladies. In days of old the "Blue Men's Stream" was sometimes called "The Current of Destruction", because so many ships were swamped in it. The people blamed the Blue Men, who dwelt in caves, they said, at the bottom of the sea. Their sentinels were always on the look-out, and when a vessel came in sight, word was sent to the men in the caves to come up. Sailors were afraid of them, and many sailed round the Shant Islands instead of taking the short cut between these and the big Island of Lewis.

About James W. Knox

Babylonian Lullaby
Kyrie from Radicimus Missam (The Radical Mass)
Salam (Peace)
James W. Knox is a Professor of Music at Central Oregon and also a premiere Northwest Composer. Living in England and other parts of Europe, James, has an extensive background in choral conducting and choral composition. His music has been performed locally in the United States of America, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Africa, Iceland, England, Germany and Italy. His most recent commissions was for the Children Chorus of the Aalto Opera House in Essen, Germany, Sing We Noel for Mastersingers in Central Oregon. This year’s ACDA Northwest Convention, James was featured as the Northwest Composer, and was featured as the choral composer at the prestigious TUTTI Festival held at Denison University. His compositions offer a unique style ranging from standard choral pieces to major choral works. The majority of his must is thematic, cinematic and epic. Some of his major works are Jack and his Fortune, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Asgard & Niflheim, Song of Amergin, Radicitus Missam, Blue Men of Minch and most currently The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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