The Ram in Spring : the Aries song
by Margaret Brandman (2015)
Score SampleView a sample of the score of this work
This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
Please contact our Sales Department to confirm pricing and availability.
Library shelf no. 783.67542/BRA 5 [Available for loan]
The Ram in Spring ( Aries song) is a contemporary art song is set for Mezzo-Soprano voice or Baritone voice. It is the first 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.
The Ram in Spring (Aries song) is a contemporary art song, set for Mezzo-Soprano voice or Baritone voice with piano. The lyrics are by astrologer and poet Benita Rainer who has artfully distilled the individual characteristics of those born under this star sign. It is the first song in the composer's Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac song cycle. 'Aries' marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Hence it is the start of nature's 'calendar time.' It is the time of rebirth and transformation of all primal energies.
Set in the key of Eb the piano introduction song begins a rhythmic figure suggesting a ticking clock - marking the start of the nature's calendar time. The richly chromatic harmonies in A section of the piece were composed to portray the archetypal concepts in the lyrics. The hymn-like two-bar climax of the work occurs in the B section (bars 13&14) after which a gentler mood is established to convey the transformation of life's energies. "Linger round the melting pot, life is newly born, Spin the ever moving top, 'til you are quite transformed."
Instrumentation: Baritone or Mezzo-soprano voice, piano.
Duration: 2 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Wide vocal range
Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this work.
To post a comment please login.