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Lion Love : The Leo song

by Margaret Brandman (2015)

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Lion love : Leo 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 9 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Lion Love (Leo song) is a contemporary art song set for mezzo-soprano voice or baritone voice. It is the fifth 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:
"It is in the nature of Leo, the second fire sign, to be strong, brave and goal centered. There is a lion, in the heart of everyone, young or old, weak or strong."
To suggest the strength of the lion, the resonant key of C# minor was chosen. The opening lyrics for this song have been set to vigorous rhythm with solid chordal harmony supporting the melody. The contrasting sections with gentler lyrics have been treated with a more melismatic approach. The final section of the song begins strongly but becomes more mellow, ending with an uplifting chord progression of an F# 6/9 chord to accompany the lyrics "for true harmony."

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, baritone voice, piano.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Margaret Brandman, Désirée Regina, John Antoniou, Margaret Brandman — 19 Aug 18. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo NSW

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Performances of this work

18 Sep 2022: at Margaret Brandman: Highlights & Premieres (Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre). Featuring John Martin, Matthew Avery.

19 Aug 18: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo NSW. Featuring John Antoniou, Margaret Brandman, Margaret Brandman, Désirée Regina.

19 Aug 18: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, NSW. Featuring Margaret Brandman, Margot McLaughlin, Coro Austral.

14 Sep 17: Concert Hall of the Czech Museum of Music, Prague, Czech Republic. Featuring Prague Mixed Choir.

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