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Song for a Toadstool

20 members needed
SAB, TTB, 3 part treble, maybe obbligato instrument
A new work to be composed by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 4 minutes
AUG
19
2021
Releases on Aug. 19th 2021
Must be funded by Aug. 1st 2021
$150 / ensemble

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PDF score
9-month premiere window
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Description

Themes: Survival. Strength. Overcoming adversity. Courage. Winning against the odds. Perseverance. What you get: • PDF of score • Listing on inside cover of score • Live session with composer & lyricist • midi rehearsal tracks • monthly Zoom mixer for choir directors of project

Lyrics

Song for a Toadstool
Shantel Sellers

It fell last night with silent rain,
a chilly hand come to claim
the berries, all but finished now,
and the apples
sweet to bursting on the bough.

Even the clover wept to see
the firewitch and mallow nod
while over there, the goldenrod
all solemn, bowed and vowed to keep
the foxglove’s vigil,
forsaken now for sleep.

Little friend, I mistook you
for a stone amidst the autumn dew
or a pool of moonlight,
brave and not quite
resigned to final retreat.
But you are not.

In the darkest night you bloomed,
stretched forth your wings
and beneath made room
against the rain, as soft as air,
so a little cricket sheltered there.

Let the soil embrace my foundering knees.
We shall sit beneath the golden trees
and ease the passing season’s strife
as we drink to courage…
to dawn…
to Life!

About Michael Bussewitz-Quarm

The choral music of Michael Bussewitz-Quarm (pronouns: she/her) engages singers and audiences with the leading social and environmental issues of our time. Michael is passionate about effecting change through choral music on topics ranging from the health of the world’s coral reefs to the epidemic of gun violence in the United States to the global refugee crisis. Michael is an active advocate for the transgender community. It is her fervent wish to spread knowledge and understanding of the transgender community through guest speaking and by simply being present in the lives of the talented musicians and artists surrounding her. A finalist for the 2019 and 2020 American Prize, Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm’s works are performed by leading professional and educational choral ensembles across North America. Recent collaborations include the west coast premiere of The Unarmed Child by Eugene Concert Choir and Orchestra, I’ll Fly Away at the International Society of Contemporary Music’s New Music Days in Vancouver, BC, and Nigra Sum, performed by The Duke University Chorale on their California tour. Michael’s works have been rebroadcasts on Public Radio East, KMUZ, and WCPE, with performances by Singers of New and Ancient Music, musica intima, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Duke University Chorale, the Esoterics, among other exceptional choral ensembles. Michael is published by Peermusic Classical. Current projects include Peacebomb, inspired by Laotian families who make jewelry from metal taken from unexploded ordnance, Where We Find Ourselves, a pandemic-proof choral project inspired by the portraits of Hugh Mangum, and The Death and Life of AIda Hernandez: A Border Story, based on the book of the same name that tells the story of an undocumented teen’s harrowing experiences with the U.S.’s militarized immigration system. Ms. Bussewitz-Quarm attended Ithaca College (BM ’94), for piano performance and music education, and received her MM from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queen’s College in New York. For more information, visit her website, https://www.mbqstudio.com/. Bookings: To Book, contact Michael through email at Hello@MBQStudio.com or through Michael’s contact page: https://www.mbqstudio.com/contact/

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