Music for Women's Voices

by Mitchell Covington

Qasida of Breath

SSAA div. a cappella

Challenging

The Qasida is an ancient Araibic form of poetry, similar to an ode. Palestinian-American poet, Deema Shehabi was born in Kuwait in 1970. Her mother was from Gaza and her father from Jerusalem. The text of Qasida of Breath evokes her memories of a beautiful land contrasted with the current reality of a world broken by war. 

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Dans les ombres de la nuit

SSAA a cappella

Challenging

Text: Ancient French Noel

 

Translation:

In the shadows of the night and without noise,

    All brilliant Jesus shines

    Born only by the desire to give us back life.

He comes down from the firmament with joy

    Living here below poorly

    It is to deliver human nature from

    eternal sentences.

Angels come down from heaven to these places,

    For the child so precious. Sing out the news

    Who has not, and will not have, his equal.

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O Shenandoah

SSAA div. with piano

Moderately Challenging

This challenging and unique arrangement of a favorite American folk song underscores the  reality of distant travel in the early 19th c. It sings of the permanence of lost love and fond memories of home.

 

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Fire-Flowers

SSAA div. with piano

Moderately Challenging

Dedicated to the victims of the Northern and Southern California wildfires, October-December 2017

 

In California there exist several remarkable species of flowers which only germinate after a wildfire. Their seeds can remain dormant for over a century. Then, triggered by intense heat and smoke, the seeds come back to life. Soon the scorched chaparral is covered with crimson, lavender, yellow, orange and blue wildflowers. Fire-Flowers is a song about hope and healing.

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