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Prayer Dances

Recorded in the Concert Hall of the Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle, Christian Heim's debut Move CD features Nicholas Routley directing the Sydney Chamber Choir and Sprung Percussion in premiere performances of the two sacred Prayer Dances.

Also includes premiere performances of A Pater Noster, the Lament, New Wine, Meditation, Love Song, Lullaby and the Benedicamus Domino.

This is the central issue of my music: its meditative and ecstatic quality. It is the result of uniting prayer with dance, sacred with secular, and the human with the Divine. - Christian Heim

A past pupil of Peter Sculthorpe and New York maestro Giampaolo Bracali, composer / music therapist Christian Heim believes that folk music, art music and chant can communicate the incomprehensible.


Christian Heim

Christian Heim was born in Sydney in 1960. He initially studied composition under Peter Sculthorpe. He studied conducting in Vienna, composition in Paris and both, with a merit scholarship, under Maestro Giampaolo Bracali in New York City. Christian's music has won several awards, has been released on CD and has been broadcast over radio both here and abroad.

Press quotes

“remarkable” ★★★★

— Chris Copas, The Star

“attractive ... very agreeable ... wonderful”

2MBS FM Magazine

“inspired ... the healing power of music”

— Anna King Murdoch, The Age

“shatters conceptions of spirituality of being mundane rather than lots of fun.”

Australian Music Teacher Magazine

Audio preview

Track Listing

  1. Prayer Dance 1 Christian Heim
  2. Transformed Christian Heim
  3. New Wine Christian Heim
  4. Meditation: Pange Lingua Christian Heim

  5. Pange Lingua
  6. ...mysterium
  7. Tantum ergo...
  8. Laus et Jubilatio!
  9. Visions of Zechariah Christian Heim
  10. Benedicamus Domino Christian Heim
  11. A Pater Noster Christian Heim

  12. Give it up
  13. Pater Noster
  14. Love Song Christian Heim
  15. Lament Christian Heim

  16. Crisis
  17. Death
  18. Mourning
  19. Hope
  20. Prayer Dance 2 Christian Heim
  21. Lullaby Christian Heim


Where to buy

Prayer Dances is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Prayer Dances is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
© 2000 Move Records
℗ 2000 Move Records
Australian, Choral, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3229
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574322927