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Four Castles of Stone : Viola and Piano

by Margaret Brandman (2015, this version: 2020)

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Four Castles of Stone : viola and piano / Margaret Brandman.

Library shelf no. 787.3/BRA 2 [Available for loan]

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

Version: This product features the SATB Choir with piano version of this work

Library shelf no. 782.5542/BRA 7 [Available for loan]

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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, this version: 2020

Instrumentation: Viola, piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Includes Pizzicato and Sul Ponticello. AMEB grade 3

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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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