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The Ram in Spring

by Margaret Brandman (2015)

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The Ram in Spring : Aries song / composer: Margaret Brandman ; lyrics: Benita Rainer.

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The Ram in Spring : arranged for violin and piano / Margaret S. Brandman.

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The Ram in Spring : the Aries song / Margaret S. Brandman ; lyrics: Benita Rainer.

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Work Overview

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.
It has also been arranged for violin and piano.

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."

Work Details

Year: 2015

Duration: 2-3 min.

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