Grade 12, Homeschooled and VYOA
“The ideas of birth and rebirth to fake and real life have been around for centuries. These themes are explored further in this choral piece for soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Using original poetry, it tells the story of a burning city, whose inhabitants die in the fire. The ghosts of the city-goers, who represent false life, rise and haunt the world. At the same time, real life is sprouting anew in the form of a young sapling. The piece also has ties to environmentalism, and the idea that where human civilization completely breaks down, nature will be the first to build itself back up.
On a more technical level, this piece represents an initial foray into the world of choral writing. As a cellist, I have more of a natural inclination towards instrumental, strings specifically, writing, and writing a piece for voices posed some unique issues for me. However, I persevered, and hopefully overcame many of the issues I encountered. Enjoy!”
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