Honeyed Hearts

SATB and Piano

4 min

Marjorie Pickthall

SBMP 2018 # 1495

Commissioned by the TVDSB for the 2017 All City Choir Night.

Marjorie Pickthall (1833-1922) was born in England, but lived most of her life in Toronto, and died in Vancouver. From a young age she had some success as a poet, but shortly fell out of the canon of Canadian literature. Daisy Time is one of the poems that remained well-known since its inception. Although Pickthall is an underrated and somewhat un- known poet, she speaks of everyday images that elevate the ordinary. Her direct and clear poems resonate with me and help me to navigate the world we live in. Honeyed Hearts is a song that speaks to times or moments in ones past that we love to remember, or hope to experience again. The melody is set in a flexible and free style. The flowing and whimsical melodies are my attempt to create a sense of nostalgia. The piano often plays straight quarter notes acting as the songs heartbeat, or it joins in the whimsically flowing passages to add movement and support alongside the choir.

Daisy Time

See, the grass is full of stars,
Fallen in their brightness;
Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness.
Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over.
Blow, O blow, you happy winds,
Singing summer’s praises,
Up the field and down the field
A-dancing with the daisies.

Premiere Audio

Themes: love, unity, flowers, nature, daisy, honey, hearts, peace, flowing, stars, grass, gold, wind, dancing,

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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