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Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share: choir & concert band edition (Conductor’s Score and parts set)

Publisher: LAH Publications

Catalogue Number: LAH 33-3

Year: 2015

For: SA with Concert Band

Duration: 3:30

This is the Conductor’s score for the choir with concert band edition. Choristers should use the choral score available from Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing.

Commissioned for Les Ensembles vocaux De La Salle and their director, Robert Filion, for use in a children’s choir for choirs from the French School Board in Ottawa. The commissioner requested a piece that would specifically draw in both Muslim and French elements, and this piece incorporates the well-known Middle Eastern song, Tala’al Badru Alayna alongside new music with a French text attributed to Jacques Prévert, and an introductory section/countermelody inspired by a call to prayer. This piece became famous when a video of its premiere went viral on YouTube as the #WelcomeToCanada anthem for Syrian Refugees in December 2015.

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The original video that went viral:

laura hawley performing with Les Ensembles vocaux De La Salle

 

Text

trad. Middle Eastern and Jacques Prévert

Alhamdoulillah

ṭala‘a ‘l-badru ‘alaynā
min thaniyyāti ‘l-wadā‘
wajaba ‘l-shukru ‘alaynā
mā da‘ā li-l-lāhi dā’
-trad. Arabic

Vivre, c’est aimer.
Aimer, c’est comprendre.
Comprendre, c’est partager.
Partager, c’est donner.
Donner, c’est aimer.
Aimer, c’est vivre
-Jacques Prévert

Translation:

Praise be to Allah

The full moon rose over us
From the valley of Wada‘
And it is incumbent upon us to show gratitude
For as long as anyone in existence calls out to [Allah]

To live is to love.
To love is to understand.
To understand is to share.
To share is to give.
To give is to love.
To love is to live.