In Gordon Getty's "Little Match Girl," which he adapted from H. B. Pauli's English translation of Hans Christian Andersen's famous tale, the composer uses a full chorus and orchestra to narrate the heartbreaking yet transcendent story, with earnest, declamatory vocal settings and striking instrumental illustrations. Getty also derives considerable musical inspiration from nature in "A Prayer for My Daughter" (one of several other works on this disc), which begins with a vigorous instrumental storm, shortly followed by the full chorus intoning the vivid opening lines of W. B. Yeats's poem of the same name.
Rosenblum, Joshua (2016) Recordings/Video: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Münchner Rundfunkorchester - "Gordon Getty: 'The Little Match Girl'". In: Opera News, Vol. 80, No. 8, pp. 54-55. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/672786/.