ALLAN BEVAN, CANADIAN COMPOSER
The Music of
Thank you, In Mulieribus
Portland's premier treble voice ensemble, In Mulieribus, Dr. Anna Song, director, shares their wonderful performance of my treble voice arrangement of The Huron Carol. The ensemble performed the work twice in their winter concerts in December 2023.
The Huron Carol, Canada's oldest Christmas carol was written originally in the Algonquian language of the Hurons by Fr. Jean de Brebeuf. Brefeuf, a Jesuit priest, came to Quebec in the 16th century, where he set the word to French carol melody known as Une Jeune Pucelle.
In the early 60s Jesse Middleton, a Toronto journalist, translated an earlier French version into English. In the mid-1990s, I set the English words for SATB. Approximately ten years later, I made this SSAA version at the request of Dr. Melanie Turgeon (Edmonton) for her Heruvymy Ukrainian Female Quartet.
The treble voices version was published in 2011 by classica Music Publishers of Vancouver. Copies of the work are now available directly through me since the publisher closed in 2018. Please feel free to send me an email for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian composer, Allan Bevan is widely recognized for the beauty, intensity, and craftsmanship of his choral music. Over the past two decades his work has garnered many awards in Canada, the U.S.A., and European composition competitions, and his music has been performed widely in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has been commissioned by many noteworthy choruses including the Toronto Orpheus Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada and Chorus Niagara. He holds graduate degrees in music from the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, and he is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers. Dr. Bevan has many compositions in print in the catalogue of the Vancouver publisher Cypress Choral Music and other publishers in the U.S.A. and Europe. He is the Director of Music at Robertson-Wesley United Church in Edmonton, Alberta where he plays the 1979 Gabriel Kney organ and directs the choirs.