SONGS ARE THOUGHTS

by Lavinia Kell Parker

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Listen to the Canadian Chamber Choir below. This work, winner of the 2010 ACCC Choral Composition Competition for Original Composition, addresses the nature of music and the potential it creates within us. Inuit inspired rhythmic motives juxtaposed with flowing melodic lines mirror the text in both English and Inuktitut. Written for a fine choir and a skilled piano player, Songs Are Thoughts can be deeply moving. The piece can be characterized by Orpingalik’s poignant words. Songs are thoughts, sung out with breath when people are moved by great forces and ordinary speech no longer suffices. . . .I sing as I draw breath.

Songs are thoughts sung out with breath.
When moved by great forces
ordinary words no longer suffice.
Songs are thoughts sung out with breath.
I sing as I draw breath.
Songs are thoughts I sing
like the ice flow sailing here and there,
in the current sailing here and there,
like the ice flow sailing here and there.

Thoughts are driven by a flowing force.
Feel Joy, Fear, Sorrow.
Ice flowing here and there
in the current sailing here and there

Thoughts are driven
and we who are small feel smaller
Words shoot up,
we get a new song.

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SSAATB – with piano $2.50 CP 1311 – duration 7:45