A Winter Dawn

A Winter Dawn

SATB chorus a capella (some divisi)

Premiered December 17th, 2017 by THAT CHOIR (Craig Pike – Artistic Director) as part of That Choir’s New Works Development Program. Toronto, ON, Canada.

 

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Preview PDF score:

“A WINTER DAWN” – PDF score preview

(product unit code: EKRH0006)

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Listen/Watch (SCORE VIDEO):

 

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Description:

A WINTER DAWN is a piece for a cappella SATB chorus composed as a musical response to the poem of the same name by L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942). It attempts to use musical ideas in a way that evokes feelings of both physical and spiritual awakening, amidst imagery of snow, wind, and sky.

Duration: 

5 minutes

Themes: 

Mysterious — Snow — Wind — Awakening

Recommended forces: 

>24 singers (6 or more per part)

 

Text:

L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942)

A Winter Dawn

Above the marge of night a star still shines,

And on the frosty hills the sombre pines

Harbour an eerie wind that crooneth low

Over the glimmering wastes of virgin snow.

 

Through the pale arch of orient the morn

Comes in a milk-white splendor newly-born,

A sword of crimson cuts in twain the gray

Banners of shadow hosts, and lo, the day!

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FeminIndigenization (song cycle)

FeminIndigenization (song cycle)

Medium Voice & Piano

premiered May 7th, 2017 in Toronto, Canada by Daniel Robinson (baritone), Helen Becqué (piano), & Joel Tangjerd (cello)

 

Purchase: 

Medium Voice & Piano version

PDF: $40 CAD for full song cycle. Purchase by contacting: ekr.hammell.music@gmail.com

(product unit code: EKRH0005-1)

 

Royalties are divided equally between composer and poet.

(Versions for [Medium Voice/Cello/Piano] and [High Voice/Piano] coming soon.)

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Check out this new lyric video! Song #2: “I remember as a kid”

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Check out the sheet music: 

Preview SCORE “FeminIndigenization (medium voice+piano)”

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Duration: 

ca. 15 mins (full song cycle)

Description: 

FeminIndigenization is an 8 song cycle that was created as a collaboration between composer E.K.R. Hammell and poet Clear Wind Blows Over The Moon. It was conceived as a chronological musical journey through important, often difficult events in the poet’s life, using selected poems to develop a narrative that illustrate the poet’s eventual self-discovery as an Indigenous woman.

In the poet’s own words:

FeminIndigenization – The process of becoming an Indigenous woman.

I wasn’t born an Indigenous woman. The reasons are many, but mainly stem from the Canadian government’s attempted genocide of my people; that is still happening today. They stole children (and their identities) away from their families and forced them to attend IRS (Indian Residential Schools – starting back in the early 1800s). ‘

I want to get rid of the Indian problem’ ~Sir John A. MacDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada

As an inter-generational IRS survivor the colonial shame ran deep – After attending IRS my parent attempted to escape the pain, abandoning their reservation, their family (including 8 siblings), their culture and Cree language (they spoke fluently prior to attending IRS). But the pain remained and the abuses they lived through at IRS were mimicked/inflicted on me as a child and the cycle of systemic violence continued. That cycle ends with me. These 8 songs represent parts of my life and evolution to become an Indigenous woman. My story is just one of hundreds of thousands of shattered lives from the colonization of Canada.”

-Heather Clear Wind Blows Over the Moon

The last Indian Residential School closed in 1996.

This full song cycle was premiered (as a voice, cello & piano version) by Daniel Robinson (baritone), Joel Tangjerd (cello), and Helen Becqué (piano) on May 7th 2017 in Toronto, and was one of many new collaborative pieces created as a result of the Sounds of Silence Initiative. This project, spearheaded by performer and vocal pedagogy graduate student Daniel Robinson, aims to give a platform which the diverse voices of the Greater Toronto Area can be heard, bringing singers and composers from the University of Toronto together with poets that are members of underrepresented and often repressed communities. For more information on the Sounds of Silence Initiative, contact soundsofsilenceinitiative@gmail.com.

 

FeminIndigenization TEXT:

Poetry by Clear Wind Blows Over The Moon

 

i. the wind blows

the wind blows strongly

I hear its call

the snow it falls

changes are coming

my people are drumming

 

ii. I remember as a kid  WATCH the LYRIC VIDEO for this song

I remember as a kid

climbing tree branches

my ladder to freedom

like a dog at my feet

loyal to the acrid end

when I had to descend

and go back to

the homeless home

 

iii. runaway teen

runaway teen

existing unseen

between obscene scene

and memories of human trafficking

hopeless being

escaping silence

systemic violence

refusing incessant abuse

turning to obtuse use

to blot out

the deafening pain

colonial shame

on a suicidal mission

rage of near nuclear fission

her tough reputation

a bulletproof vest

to discourage the rest

from getting too close

coming to know

her lethal reality

better to rebel

in isolated perpetuality

 

iv. impossible skies*  – LISTEN to this song on SOUNDCLOUD

she is gone from this earthly realm

but my love floats up to her

clouds of adoration

in impossible skies

of hows

and wonder whys

      *dedicated by the poet to the memory of Judie K. Pieper (May 26, 1942 — May 6, 2016)

 

v. for ancestors who went beforeLISTEN to this song on SOUNDCLOUD

jingle and fancy dancers

commemorate cosmos

flaming hearts

poignant memorial

for the ancestors who went before

 

vi. bison of my longingLISTEN to this song on SOUNDCLOUD

wild violets grow

fragrant

in the sacred hollow of my being

where bison of my longing wallow

and distant memories

of future belonging sleep

 

vii. I lost myself in the forest

I lost myself in the forest

of wild children

dancing among trees

embracing me

beats resonating in bones

eyes closed

hearts open

arms spread wide

reaching for stars

that already shine inside

 

viii. the wind blows (reprise)

the wind blows strongly

I hear its call

the snow it falls

changes are coming

my people are drumming

 

Copyright © 2012-2017 by Clear Wind Blows Over the Moon. Used by permission.

 

About the poet:

Heather Clear Wind Blows Over the Moon is a Cree First Nations healer, poet, writer, big drum keeper, artist, and a spiritual and environmental activist. Her poetry has been published in A Rewording Life and is to be published in an Indigenous anthology by Annick Press in the fall of 2017. “Creating art transcends my painful history. I am an inter-generational Indian Residential School survivor that lived through extreme violence in my childhood. Part of my soul purpose is to help heal others who have lived through trauma and abuse to find expression, a sense of belonging and to teach them they have a choice; the systemic violence can end with them as it does with me. My spirituality and living the ancient teachings is at the core of who I am and sharing this with others is meaningful for me. Nature is my greatest teacher and healer. I am deeply honoured to share my experience as an Indigenous woman to raise awareness to the true history of Canada and to the critically important issues (stemming from colonization) my people continue to face to this very day.”

EMAIL – soulpurposehealing@gmail.com

POETRY BLOG – https://clearwindblowsoverthemoon.wordpress.com

WEBSITE – http://soulpurposehealing.weebly.com

TWITTER@IndigoRave

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/soulful.healer.5

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EKRH0005-1: FeminIndigenization

Life’s but a Walking Shadow

Life’s but a Walking Shadow

TTBB chorus a cappella

WINNER of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Composition Competition 2017

Premiered February 25th, 2017 in Toronto, Canada, by the Canadian Mens’ Chorus, Greg Rainville – Artistic Director.

 

Purchase:

PDF: $2.00 CAD per score. Purchase by contacting: ekr.hammell.music@gmail.com

Print: $3.00 CAD per score + shipping. Purchase by contacting: ekr.hammell.music@gmail.com

(product unit code: EKRH0004)

 

Perusal Score:

Preview score PDF – Life’s But A Walking Shadow

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Listen:

Life’s but a Walking Shadow – midi mockup

 

Live performance excerpt (0:00-1:34)

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Duration:

5 minutes

Description:

LIFE’S BUT A WALKING SHADOW’s text is drawn from the moment in Shakespeare’s MACBETH immediately following the titular character’s realization of his wife’s passing. The music attempts to highlight the despair in Macbeth’s words as he hopelessly tries to grasp the meaning of life. From sorrowful, aching passages finally emerges a dark nothingness into which the voices recede, illustrated by eerie humming.

 

Text:

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

MACBETH (Act V, Scene 5)

She should have died hereafter;

There would have been a time for such a word.

— Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing.

(ca. 1606)

 

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Daffodils

Daffodils

SATB chorus & piano

words by William Wordsworth

music by E.K.R. Hammell

[2017]

 

Premiered by Babel Chorus, director – Elaine Choi. March 21st 2020, Toronto ON Canada.

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Preview PDF score:

“DAFFODILS” – PDF score preview

(product unit code: EKRH0003)

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Listen:

Daffodils – midi mockup

 

 

Live performance excerpt (1:34-3:50)

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Duration:

4 minutes

Description: 

Originally intended as a piece for children’s choir, this mixed choir setting of William Wordsworth’s famous poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils) is meant to capture the pure, innocent feeling of contentedness and wonder arising from a special moment in one’s life.

Text:

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the like, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed — and gazed — but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

(ca. 1805)

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I Shall Not Forget

I Shall Not Forget

SATB chorus a cappella

Premiered May 7th, 2017 in Toronto, Canada by That Choir, Craig Pike – Artistic Director, as part of That Choir’s inaugural New Works Development Program.

Purchase:

PDF: $2.00 CAD per score. Purchase by contacting: ekr.hammell.music@gmail.com

Print: $3.00 CAD per score + shipping. Purchase by contacting: ekr.hammell.music@gmail.com

(product unit code: EKRH0002)

 

Perusal Score:

Preview score PDF – I Shall Not Forget

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Listen:

I Shall Not Forget – midi mockup

Live performance excerpt (3:47-5:59)

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Duration: 

4 minutes

Description:

I SHALL NOT FORGET is a choral setting of White Pansies by Canadian poet, Archibald Lampman. Lampman wrote the poem in 1894 in response to the death of his young son, Arnold. The beautiful imagery and profound sadness of the text are a solemn reminder to never take any moment for granted, and had an anguished, lamenting quality that spoke to me in a way I felt needed to be expressed musically.

Text:

Archibald Lampman (1862-1899)

White Pansies

Day and night pass over, rounding,

Star and cloud and sun,

Things of drift and shadow, empty

Of my dearest one.

Soft as slumber was my baby,

Beaming bright and sweet;

Daintier than bloom or jewel

Were his hands and feet.

He was mine, mine all, mine only,

Mine and his debt;

Earth and Life and Time are changers;

I shall not forget.

Pansies for my dear one — heartsease —

Set them gently so;

For his stainless lips and forehead,

Pansies white as snow.

Would that in the flower-grown little

Grave they dug so deep,

I might rest beside him, dreamless,

Smile no more, nor weep.

(1894)

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When The Sun Comes After Rain (wind band version)

When the Sun Comes After Rain

[wind band version]

music by Matthew Emery

wind band transcription by E.K.R. Hammell

Premiered December 3rd, 2016 by the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Gillian MacKay.

 

Purchase:

Print versions come on high quality paper.

FULL SET (print) – (9×12 stapled Conductor’s Score + All Parts): $85 CAD [+shipping] 

CONDUCTOR’S SCORE (print) – (stapled 9×12): $25 CAD [+shipping]

ALL PARTS (print) : $70 CAD [shipping]

FULL SET (PDF) – (Conductor’s Score + All Parts): $60 CAD

CONDUCTOR’S SCORE (PDF): $20 CAD

ALL PARTS (PDF): $50 CAD

 

Purchase items by contacting me at ekr.hammell.music@gmail.com

order code: EKRH0001

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PREVIEW SCORE:

Preview Score PDF – When the Sun Comes After Rain [wind band version]

Watch & Listen: 

Performance by Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, May 2017

Listen:

Performance by University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, Dec 2016

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Duration:

3 minutes

Instrumentation:

Flutes (1&2 divisi), Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet in Bb 1, Clarinet in Bb 2, Clarinet in Bb 3, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet in Bb 1, Trumpet in Bb 2, Horn in F 1, Horn in F 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Euphonium (B.C.&T.C. provided), Tuba, Percussion 1 (Timp&MarkTree), Percussion 2 (Glock&SuspCymb), Percussion 3 (Mallets)

Difficulty:

Grade 3.0

Description:

When The Sun Comes After Rain is originally a choral motet written by Canadian composer Matthew Emery for the UBC University Singers in 2012, set to the Robert Louis Stevenson poem of the same name. The piece brings a freshness as real as the smells after a summer rain and evokes themes of love, longing, and belonging.

This wind band arrangement is the first result of a collaboration between Emery and Hammell to adapt several of Emery’s choral works for the wind band medium. It was premiered December 3rd, 2016 by the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gillian MacKay.

Want to check out the original choir version of this piece? Check it out here.

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