Unsung: If the Earth Could Sing
Unsung: If the Earth Could Sing is a major environmentally-inspired choral cycle for SSAA choir, percussion, and cello written by Katerina Gimon and with text by Lauren Peat. Unsung centers around the question “if the earth could sing, what would it tell us?”. The environmental crisis has been called the “biggest threat modern humans have ever faced” (United Nations, 2021) and Unsung aims to shed light on its impacts on Canadian landscapes in particular, using choral music as a form of advocacy and a voice for change. Each movement focuses on a different geographic region of Canada, moving loosely from East to West, and the choir's part is sung from the perspective of each landscape (or weather event, in the case of the 1st movement).
To aid in characterizing each landscape, the choral writing in Unsung pushes beyond the traditional idiom incorporating extended techniques (ex. overtone singing, timbral alterations), graphic scoring, aleatory, spatialization, and texturally-driven writing.
This major work was commissioned and premiered by Myriad Ensemble, conducted by Elise Naccarato, with the support of the Canada Council of the Arts.
Unsung (complete set): 21'15"
i) Hurricane: 3'
ii) Grand Lac: 3'45"
iii) Grassland: 5'
iv) Mountain Range: 5'10"
iv) Glacier: 4'20"
Year of composition
SSAA (div) with cello and percussion
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