Born Like the Pines

SAB and Piano
Text: James Ephraim McGirt
Duration: 3 mins
Cypress Choral Music

Commissioned by the Ontario Music Educators Association for the Soundscapes Conference, November 2014. Available with optional string accompaniment (Summer 2016) from the publisher.

Anyone who has experienced the wonder of a walk through the forest will love this song. The SAB setting is perfect for young choirs or choirs that are short on tenors. However, the men often carry the melody, making the composition suitable for choirs of all levels.

Born like the pines to sing

the harp and song in my breast.

Though far and near, there’s none to hear,

I’ll sing as the winds rejoice.

As the winds sweep by

I’ll laugh or cry

In the winds I cannot rest.



JW Pepper 

Themes: pines, tree, nature, singing, round, sab, community,

About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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