The Gardener #85 by Rabindranath Tagore for SATB and piano
• commission a new choral work
• $250 CDN per share, for 3-5 minutes of new music
• get the piece by January 6, 2019
Be part of bringing a new piece of Canadian choral music to life! Join the team in commissioning “The Gardener #85”, a new 3-5 minute work, for SATB choir (no divisi) and piano. Only one choir from each province (or territory/state/district) may participate. Each would perform the provincial (territorial/state/district) premiere of the work. This consortium is open to choirs based in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
There is value in creating new music specially crafted for the human voice, and additional value in choral singing. At Canadian League of Composers recommended minimum rates, a 4 minute choral work would cost about $2000. For the $250 cost of my consortium, the choir gets the license to make a copy for each of their members, plus be a part of something bigger. Most of the cost of the consortium goes to support the creation of this new music, with a small portion going to administering the project. Everybody wins!
A multi-instrumentalist whose writing style blurs the edges between genres, Elise Letourneau picked up the pen at the age of 6. Her award-winning pieces have been sung on 3 continents, and she is becoming internationally known as a composer of uncommon lyricism who reveres the inherent rhythm of poetry.
Core member participation $250 CDN per participating group
• your choir’s name in the the score
• receive PDF of score by January 6, 2019
• exclusive performance rights until December 31, 2019 - after which the piece becomes available
• your choir’s name and link on the consortium page of Elise Letourneau’s website
• maximum of 25 core members, minimum of 5
• $100 CDN deposit due when you sign up - nonrefundable
• $150 balance due by January 6, 2019
• Canadian choirs may pay by email transfer or cheque
• US, UK, and NZ choirs may pay by Paypal
Register now through October 31, 2018.
TEXT: The Gardener #85, by Rabindranath Tagore, 1913. “The Gardener” is a book of prose about love and life. Originally written in Bengali, it was translated into English by Tagore.
Who are you, reader, reading my poems a hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.
Open your doors and look abroad.
From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of a hundred years before.
In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across a hundred years.
This text would be appropriate for a spring-themed concert. It could also work in a fall concert, in gratitude and remembering the joy of past blooms. It could also fit in as a piece anticipating the return of the light in a winter concert.
To hear more of Elise Letourneau’s work for SATB:
"Elise Letourneau capitalizes on her active background in the jazz field, while also displaying considerable skill writing academically/classically oriented music. Letourneau writes with vivid imagination, confidence, and a willingness to try new things in the choral idiom."
- Giselle Wyers, Chair of Voice & Choral, University of Washington School of Music