We Sing of the Lands, Op.22 (Bird, Peter)




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Work Title We Sing of the Lands
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Composer Bird, Peter
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.22
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPB 20
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2013
First Publication. 2013
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Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 6 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Mixed chorus (SSAATB)

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  • 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.