For SATB a capella chamber choir

Stacey Brown
Stacey Brown
Composition Date: 2012
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
Programme Note:
It was both the text and context of the poem that inspired this piece. These words, written in 1952 by my grandmother - a young mother and war bride - represent the heartfelt and fragmented feelings of awe, restlessness, and inner turmoil of someone far from the familiar, surrounded by overwhelming newness, and struggling on many levels to find a (fleeting) sense of peace. Lyrically, I have expressed this through the fragmentation of the text, opting to focus in and insist on significant single words and phrases in the build-up to a full statement of the poem, at the end of the piece, that places these isolated fragments back into their poetic context.
Musically, I have chosen to articulate the inherent sense of powerlessness with the frequent use of textures that appear calm at the surface while creating a sense of underlying movement through the use of intertwined parts and closely spaced harmonies. Throughout the piece there should be a sense of this potential energy, held back from being completely erased, yet always providing a kind of urgency, even in the most tender moments. There is a tension that should never fully dissipate.
In writing this piece, I hope to give a voice to this prayer-like plea put silently into words in 1952, yet for me, still vibrating with quiet intensity in 2012.

This piece was written in Montreal, Commissioned by VivaVoce, conducted by Peter Schubert.

Stacey Brown

Premiere Information:
4 mai 2012, Redpath Hall, Montréal QC, Canada; VivaVoce, Peter Schubert, dir.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 B8805one
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 25, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (v, 11 p.) ;
    16 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour choeur SATB a capella
    Texte de Millicent G. Brown (1922-1999); First Impresions (1952)
    En 1 mouvement.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.

    For SATB a capella chamber choir.
    Original poem bu Millicent G. Brown (1922-1999): First Impressions (1952)
    1 movement.
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