The Mountain Goat
by Margaret Brandman (2015)
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The Mountain Goat (Capricorn
a contemporary art song set for
mezzo-soprano voice or baritone voice. It is the
tenth 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:
"The last of the earth signs, Capricorn
encapsulates Sagittarius' urge to win, Virgo's understanding of
organisation, and Taurus' need to consolidate and prosper. The
goat will build to endure and that includes
This song is in Bb in binary form with two distinct contrasting sections. The eight-bar piano introduction to the song begins with a brisk rhythmic figure in 4/8 time setting an active mood to accompany the opening lyrics: "I am a goat, swift and oh so fleet,I roam the mountainside; With ever climbing nimble feet." Occasionally the melodic contour makes use of the wide (mountainous) intervals climbing over an octave at times.
The second section begins calmly with the melody in the lower range suiting the lyrics: "Although you may see me tamed, And grazing paddocks mildly.."
However as the section continues the sense of excitement grows as the pitches gradually rise along with the volume and the speed increases to support the final lyrics: "I'll climb and never yield, For freedom finds me quickly."
Also arranged for 2 flutes and piano.
Duration: 2-3 min.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
Performances of this work
19 Aug 18: EUGENE GOOSSENS HALL, ABC CENTRE, HARRIS ST, ULTIMO NSW
14 Sep 17: Concert Hall of the Czech Museum of Music, Karmelitská St 2, Prague 1, 118 00, Czech Republic
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