After

SATB a cappella

3.5 mins

Marjorie Pickthall

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Commissioned by Jennifer Lang, University of Saskatchewan – Greystone Singers.

The text for After comes from Canadian Poet, Marjorie Pickthall’s “Three Island Songs” and speaks to themes that reflect our Canadian identity and interconnectedness with nature. Throughout the work there is a repeating musical gesture, first heard in the opening with the sopranos. This incessant repetition acts as if it were a heart beat pulsing through the song.The work winds and weaves around the repeating gesture with shifting harmonies and soaring lines in an attempt to reflect the imagery in the text. The music changes towards the end of the piece, as if to literally blossom, or as if the skies have just cleared after an afternoon rainstorm as clouds gleam, dawns rise and we are left basking in a serene state.


AFTER the wind in the wood,
Peace, and the night.
After the bond and the brood,
Flight.
After the height and the hush
Where the wild hawk swings,
Heart of the earth-loving thrush
Shaken with wings.

After the bloom and the leaf
Rain on the nest.
After the splendour and grief,
Rest.
After the hills and the far
Glories and gleams,
Cloud, and the dawn of a star,
And dreams.


Please purchase from me directly. PDF copies sent via email, $1 per member singing in the choir.

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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