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Four Castles of Stone

Sheet Music: Score

Four Castles of Stone : the Taurus song / Margaret S. Brandman ; lyrics: Benita Rainer.

by Margaret Brandman (2015)


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Four Castles of Stone (Taurus song) is a contemporary art song set for Mezzo-Soprano voice or Baritone voice. It is the second 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.

Taurus is the first earth sign in nature's calendar time. Security, consolidation of interests and financial acumen are very important concerns for those born under the sign Taurus.

The lyrics ' We will build four castles of stone, to keep us safe and warm ' were the keys words which influenced the composer's choice of tonality for the songs. Set in the resonant key of Fminor, the melodies and harmonies chosen have a both a medieval and contemporary quality and help to convey the image of the solid castle walls described in the text. The song includes two solo piano interludes, which connect the verses.

Published by: Jazzem Music [MMP 9007] — 1 score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 3 min.

First performance by Martin Cooke, Margaret Brandman — 3 Sep 16. East Recital Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720010-45-8

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- SATB Choir with piano


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- Video: Four Castles of Stone

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