The Mountain Goat : the Capricorn song
by Margaret Brandman (2015)
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The Mountain Goat : Capricorn song, mezzo-soprano with piano / composer: Margaret Brandman ; lyricist: Benita Rainer.
Library shelf no. 783.67542/BRA 4 [Available for loan]
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The Mountain Goat : Capricorn song, SATB choir with piano / composer: Margaret Brandman ; lyrics: Benita Rainer.
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Library shelf no. 782.5542/BRA 11 [Available for loan]
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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."
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano or Baritone voice, piano.
Duration: 2 min.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
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