O, Why Do You Turn To the Wild Sky

SATB a cappella

5 min

Text: Marjorie Pickthall

Boosey & Hawkes 2018

Commissioned by THAT CHOIR 2017. Premiered May 2017, Toronto.

premiere audio – copyright That Choir, Craig Pike.

O, fly away on the wings of love,

While love in our hearts shall be.

O, why do you turn to the wild sky,

Away from the trees and me?

O, when I fly, I’ll fly like the white sea dove,

To the heart of the wide grey sea.


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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