Voicing: SATB a cappella
Text: Francis Ledwidge (1887 - 1917)
Published by: Canadian Music Centre
Notes: This challenging work for unaccompanied mixed voices was commissioned by Dr. Debra Cairns and I Coristi Chamber Choir, Edmonton, as one of the choir's tenth anniversary projects in 2003 . It was premiered in Edmonton, performed at Podium 2004 in Winnipeg, and released on Echoes: Ten Years of Song by the Alberta classical recordings label, Arktos.
People sometimes think (based on the title) that I wrote the text and composed a piece about my own mother, but although there may be a few similarities, the woman described in the poem by "The Blackbird Poet" Francis Ledwidge, is much more about his mother, or a romanticized, imaginary mother-figure, than mine!
Ledwidge was an Irish poet who was killed in W.W. I while serving in the British army, just days before he would have turned thirty.
God made my mother on an April day,
Performed by: I Coristi Chamber Choir, Dr. Debra Cairns, conductor