Calling All Dawns

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Calling All Dawns
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Studio album by
Released1 October 2009 (2009-10-01)
LabelTin Works
Christopher Tin chronology
Calling All Dawns
The Drop That Contained the Sea

Calling All Dawns is a classical crossover album by Christopher Tin released in 2009. The album won two Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the song "Baba Yetu", the theme for the 2005 video game Civilization IV.[1] The win marks the first time in history that a Grammy has been awarded to a composition written for a video game.[2]

The album is a song cycle in three movements: day, night, and dawn (corresponding to life, death, and rebirth).[3]

Twelve songs are featured on the album, each sung in a different language. Many of the lyrics find their sources in important pieces of world literature, including excerpts of long works such as the Hebrew Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and also smaller verses such as the Lord's Prayer, Māori proverbs, and Japanese haiku.[3] The album features a similarly diverse set of vocal traditions, including opera, Irish keening, and African choral music.[3]

The UK premiere of Kia Hora Te Marino was in Bath Abbey on 10 May 2014, at a concert in aid of the Royal British Legion.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Baba Yetu (feat. Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)"Swahili3:30
2."Mado Kara Mieru (feat. Lia, Aoi Tada, Kaori Omura)"Japanese4:45
3."Dao Zai Fan Ye (feat. Jia Ruhan)"Mandarin3:15
4."Se É Pra Vir Que Venha (feat. Dulce Pontes)"Portuguese4:14
6."Lux Aeterna"Latin3:59
7."Caoineadh (feat. Anonymous 4)"Irish5:44
8."Hymn Do Trójcy Świętej (feat. Frederica von Stade)"Polish6:48
9."Hayom Kadosh (feat. Cait McWhir[5])"Hebrew1:45
10."Hamsáfár (feat. Sussan Deyhim)"Farsi2:52
11."Sukla-Krsne (feat. Roopa Mahadevan)"Sanskrit2:01
12."Kia Hora Te Marino"Māori3:18


  1. ^ "Christopher Tin's Calling All Dawns wins two Grammy Awards". Abbey Road Studios. 13 February 2011. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  2. ^ Murray, Matthew (14 February 2011). "Civilization IV Song Wins Grammy Award". PC Mag. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Calling All Dawns". Christopher Tin. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ "A Charity Concert for the Royal British Legion". Bath Abbey. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Artist: Cait McWhirr". Discogs. Retrieved 11 January 2020.