We Sing of the Lands, Op.22 (Bird, Peter)
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|Work Title||We Sing of the Lands|
|Year/Date of Composition||2013|
|Average Duration||6 minutes|
|Instrumentation||Mixed chorus (SSAATB)|
- This is a lament for all the beatiful but fragile ecosystems that are being lost, one by one, as the Earth gets more overcrowded and overheated. Renaissance composers showed us that a choral lament can be rich in major chords, dignity, and beauty. Of course, they only added extra diatonic notes to their triad chords as unaccented passing tones or as prepared suspensions. Five centuries later, we use pandiatonic chords more freely, for their ambiguity and subtle beauty, and to improve voice leading. Still, we are much indebted to the first masters.