Lion Love : the Leo song
by Margaret Brandman (2015)
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Library shelf no. 783.67542/BRA 6 [Available for loan]
Lion Love (Leo song) is a contemporary art song set for Mezzo-Soprano voice or Baritone voice. It is the fifth song in Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' Song Cycle. The lyrics are by astrologer and poet Benita Rainer who has artfully distilled the individual characteristics of this star sign in her text .
It is in the nature of Leo, the second fire sign, to be strong, brave and goal centred.
There is a lion, in the heart of everyone, young or old, weak or strong. To suggest the strength of the lion the resonant key of C# minor was chosen. The opening lyrics for this song have been set to vigorous rhythm with solid chordal harmony supporting the melody. The contrasting sections with gentler lyrics have been treated with a more melismatic approach while the final section of the song, begins strongly but becomes more mellow, ending with an uplifting chord progression ending on an F# 6/9 chord to accompany the lyrics 'for true harmony.'
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano or Baritone voice, piano.
Duration: 2 min.
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