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The Ram in Spring : the Aries song

by Margaret Brandman (2015)

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Ram in Spring


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

Library shelf no. 783.67542/BRA 5 [Available for loan]

Ram in Spring


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

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

Library shelf no. 782.5542/BRA 10 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The Ram in Spring (Aries song) is an arrangement for violin and piano of the third song in Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' Song Cycle. The melody was inspired by the lyrics of astropoet Benita Rainer. As the first song in the composer's Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac song cycle. this 'Aries' song heralds 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.

This violin version is in the key of E Major. The piano introduction song begins with a rhythmic figure suggesting a ticking clock - marking the start of nature's calendar time. The richly chromatic harmonies in the opening bars 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

Instrumentation: Baritone or Mezzo-soprano voice, piano.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Wide vocal range

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

Performances of this work

18 Sep 2022: at Margaret Brandman: Highlights & Premieres (Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre). Featuring Maryana Sywak, Margaret Brandman.

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

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