Breath of Song brings together 10 exquisite new pieces by contemporary women composers, each introducing exciting new sounds, colours and styles to the repertoire. Immerse yourself in the music from the collection below with brand new recordings, as well as blogs and videos from the composers themselves.
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Setting words from part of a letter by Edna St. Vincent Millay to her lover Arthur Davison Ficke, this is a gentle, charming piece that celebrates our freedom to love. Dacey's rich harmonies and quirky melodies are presented in a rocking 5/8 time signature and conclude softly with the central message as the phrase 'you and me' fragments and fades into the distance.
This is a warm and tender piece setting the last three verses of Christina Rossetti's 'What good shall my life do me?', which encourages leading a life of love as an example for others. Daley's heartfelt melodies are set to hymn-like textures and flow freely in ever-changing time signatures.
TāReKiṬa is a refreshing concert piece that effortlessly blends the Hindustani (North Indian) and Western classical styles. The composer's scats are combined with a fast triple metre, vocal slides, and captivating melodies built on the Jog raga. Also available in a version for SSAA.
Scored for alto solo and SATB, this imaginative setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem encourages the use of evocative bird and wind noises to capture the text's natural imagery. In a fresh, a cappella style, Hawley's charismatic melodies soar through the vibrant texture, and offer plenty of opportunities for soloists. Also available in a version for SSAA.
This is a beautiful and dynamic setting of well-known words from the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon). With a soaring soprano melody, McGlade's fluid vocal lines drive harmonic twists within an immediately accessible sound-world.
Scored for SATB, body percussion and congas, this is an energetic piece setting a text full of natural imagery. Mahler's catchy melodies are combined with speech, body percussion, and congas to imitate the contrasting characteristics of rain. Dramatic and expressive - this is the perfect performance piece to get stuck into!
William Romanis's hymn text is brought to life in this enchanting anthem with unexpected harmonic shifts and fluctuating time signatures. Rooney glides gracefully between tonal centres, creating a beautiful, ethereal atmosphere.
Setting a beautiful text by Rabindranath Tagore, Wake, love, Wake! explores evocative imagery and metaphors through sonorous harmonies and freedom in tempo. The resulting piece is romantic, stirring, and atmospheric - perfect for concert performance.