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CoverThis Is the Morning That Will Rise [level: Medium]
Matthew Emery: Bio and other works | Jamie Hillman Choral Series
RELEASED: March 2024
voicing: SAB. opt. T | catalog number: SBMP 1773 | duration: 4'21 | price: $2.70
accompaniment: piano | ASL Notation: FREE Download

A lyrical new piece for mixed choirs — SAB with an optional Tenor part, and piano accompaniment. Stylistic features include offbeat rhythms paired with modern harmonies and a contrasting piano part. Uplifting lyrics make this an enjoyable song to learn and to perform.

performance by: Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Luther College High School, and Winston Knoll Collegiate [© all rights reserved]

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CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem
This is the morning that will rise,
to the sun in every eye,
to the ancient apple tree
and the cycles of the moon.
The effervescent honey bee
tells us to begin again and again.

Staring into the embers,
we grieve and dream,
stir the ashes of our lives.
Through the air we come to see
many things hidden and now are freed.
A new rain falls on our myths and stories
as we return to the beginning of what we know.

The sound has stopped.
The heart has not.
The stillness frees the mind.
Time for action!
Time for unrest,
and for rest.
For rest is needed in a forest.
The trees grow when their roots are deep.
Buried inside trees, hearts tremble
at something forgotten,
something lost in the shoots.
Rain comes down and it is enough
For trees to grow young again.

This is the morning that will rise,
to the sun in every eye,
to the ancient apple tree
and the cycles of the moon.
The effervescent honey bee
tells us to begin again, and again.

This is the morning. We start again.
This is the morning to start again!

By Joanne Weber and Paula Weber

Dr. Joanne Weber is a Deaf bimodal bilingual (American Sign Language and English) artist. Her credits include poetry, Pear Orchard (2007), theatrical plays, Firebird and Deaf Settlers, (in progress), collaborative film script, Fable Deaf (2022), and creative non-fiction, Deaf House (2013). She is also the artistic director of Deaf Crows Collective, a Deaf professional theatre and arts company in Regina, Saskatchewan. She supports Deaf and hearing professionals in furthering their artistic creations. She divides her time between Edmonton where she is a Canada Research Chair in Deaf education and assistant professor at the University of Alberta and Regina where her family reside.

Paula Weber graduated from the University of Regina in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree where she studied voice with Lynn Channing. She completed her Master of Fine arts program, in music and creative technologies in 2018 and her bachelor of education in 2020. Paula has had a private vocal studio for over ten years and is currently instructing at the University of Regina Conservatory of performing arts. Paula has written music in collaboration with re:Naissance Opera in Vancouver, where she conducted her work at the Queer Arts Festival in 2019. Paula lives and works in Regina as an educator, musician, and artist.

CLICK HERE: Choral Tracks (Practice made simple)

This Is the Morning That Will Rise choral track bundle contains a part dominant track for each voice part, a balanced voices track, and an accompaniment track if the work is not a cappella (the accompaniment is also included with the part dominant and balanced voices track). Get more information and listen to samples HERE. Please note that the choral score is not included in the bundle and needs to be ordered separately.

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CLICK HERE: Matthew Emery performance notes
“This is the morning that will rise” utilizes a ternary form which reflects the intergenerational structure of the text, and makes for a poignant poetic journey on themes of hope and resiliency. The vocal writing mixes textures from unison lines to four part writing. The piece is able to be performed with or without the Tenor line making it accessible for SAB and SATB ensembles. The A sections feature the upbeat, syncopated lines which intermingle against the pulsing piano line. The B section is more introspective, the vocal lines are set more homophonically, and the piano has a solo-like quality which comments on, and responds to, the homophonic choral writing. The poignant text illuminates images of repetition, cycles of the moon, the rising sun each day, and the strength that inspires. Musically, I respond to this through repetition of phrases, stanati-like gestures, and use of fifths.

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Featuring the combined choirs of the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Luther College High School, and Winston Knoll Collegiate ASL soloists: Sarah Labadie, Logan Culbertson & Jonathan Fearnside

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