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The music of Paul Suchan (b. 1983) has been performed across Canada, the United States and Europe by leading university ensembles, symphony orchestras, community groups, choirs, small ensembles and others, including performances at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2014, led by Duane Wolfe, Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. In 2011, his first opera, The Beast in the Jungle, based on a short story by Henry James, was premiered in Montreal, QC with full orchestra under the baton of the composer. His piece for band The Colors and Contrasts of Grief has received over 100 performances throughout North America and has been professionally recorded three times. Mr. Suchan is a strong advocate for fellow composers and believes strongly in fostering creative communities. To this end in 2011 he co-founded the Strata Festival of New Music, an annual 3 day festival dedicated to high quality performances of Saskatchewan and Prairie composers.  Mr. Suchan is based in Montreal where he lives with his wife and Naomi and daughter Evelyn.  visit:

Wake the Grain

by Paul Suchan  

SATB with piano – optional strings    –    CP 1405   – 3:55
SSA with piano – optional strings    –    CP 1388
Have you ever seen a field of wheat moving like waves on the ocean under a gentle prairie breeze? In this stimulating composition, early homesteaders plant seed on the prairies and watch a miraculous transformation.  poem by Douglas Elves.
One by one they step to the earth,
and hoping for prairie’s birth,
plant blossom within the breath, 
grow song.