- Mixed Choir
- Canadian Poet/Songwriter
- Female Poet
How can I keep from singing? (mvt. 5 from In Song – choir & piano ed.)
Publisher: LAH Publications
Catalogue Number: LAH 30-9
For: SSAATBB with Piano
Commissioned by Canadian Centennial Choir for their 50th Anniversary Gala; Marg Stubington, conductor. This is a 5-movement work in French and English incorporating a Quebec Chanson by Diane Boudreau; and texts by Ernestine Northover, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, and Marjorie Pickthall. In 2018 the Canadian Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids, commissioned a new edition with bass clarinet replacing the original bassoon, as well as an edition for piano and choir. A recording of this new instrumental edition is available on CCC’s 2019 album, Seasons of Life and Landscape. This piece is a 5-movement work in French and English incorporating a Quebec Chanson by Diane Boudreau; and texts by Ernestine Northover, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, and Marjorie Pickthall. The movements are:
- Intro: entre nos voix
- Le Rideau
- In Song
- Singing Summer’s Praises
- How can I keep from singing?
French text: Quand l’amour passe entre nos voix,
English text: How can I keep from singing?
Robert Wadsworth Lowry
Longue journée de misemaine, tout nous bouscule et nous entraine, mais dans le tumult, un espoir: pouvoir chanter ce soir.
Et c’est la vie qui recommence à petits gestes, à petits pas. On s’enracine, on fait silence, on ou-blie les tracas.
My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation, I hear the sweet, tho’ far-off hymn that hails a new creation;
Thro’ all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul –
Nos voix s’élevent et se confondent, chassant les ombres de l’ennui et nous dévoilent un autre monde au parfun d’harmonie.
How can I keep from singing?