There is a Sound
for SATB choir
Composition Date: 2016
Commissioned: by Choral Canada for the National Youth Choir 2016, Michael Zaugg conductor.
Premiered: Winspear Centre in Edmonton, Alberta on May 20, 2016 as part of the 2016 Podium Festival.
Text by Rayanne Doucet
from her poem I Hear Winter
There is a sound winter carries on the wind.
And it is deafening in the silence
of this frozen season.
There is a sound to frost as it brushes my fingers.
There is a sound to soil as it burrows
in and succumbs to the snow that falls from above.
There is a sound to sun as it touches your skin.
Crisp, alert; ready for rebirth.
I hear winter hunch her shoulders
and curl into night.
I listen to trees as they groan
under the weight of the snow,
and sigh into the depth of winter.
I can hear willows talk while
turning from young green teenager
to Grandfather in his rocking chair.
Leafless branches shaking gnarled fingers into the cold.
I hear human sounds.
Gortex jackets rubbing on Gortex ski pants.
Snowball battle cries.
Crunching boots on frigid ground.
Winter hearts beating loudly;
Taking cues from converted willows,
and two stepping with Old Man Winter.
I hear the ski hill roaring out his glory
in tune with snowboarders on his back.
I hear children building snow forts;
mini architects directing skyscrapers.
I hear parent’s fingers squeaking on chocolate cups.
There is a sound as icicles form around the fog of your breath
There is a sound to air, tightening our skin
There is a sound to winter as it inhales.