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Four Castles of Stone : the Taurus song

by Margaret Brandman (2015)

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Four Castles of Stone


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

Library shelf no. 783.67542/BRA 8 [Available for loan]

Four Castles of Stone (The Taurus Song)


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Four Castles of Stone (The Taurus Song) : arranged for cello and piano [eScore] / Margaret Brandman.

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Work Overview

Four Castles of Stone (Taurus song) is a contemporary art song originally composed 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 ' 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. The viola setting of this work is in the key of E minor. 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 lyrics are by astrologer and poet Benita Rainer who also writes:

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.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano or Baritone voice, piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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


Four Castles of Stone

Performances of this work

19 Aug 18: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Sydney. Featuring Desiree Regina, Margaret Brandman.

14 Sep 17: Czech museum of music, Karmelitska str., Prague 1, 110 00, Czech Republic. Featuring Barbora Polâšková, Petr Ožana.

3 Sep 16: East Recital Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Martin Cooke, Margaret Brandman.

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