Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont | Songs of Hope and Freedom: The Choral Music of Robert De Cormier for Women's Voices

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Songs of Hope and Freedom: The Choral Music of Robert De Cormier for Women's Voices

by Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont

This CD includes the powerful cantata "They Called Her Moses" along with other spirituals and selections on the theme of peace.
Genre: Spiritual: Spirituals
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1. They Called Her Moses
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2. They Called Her Moses: Journey, Pt. 1
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3. They Called Her Moses: To da Darlin' Day
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4. They Called Her Moses: Journey, Pt. 2
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5. They Called Her Moses: I Been in the Storm So Long
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6. They Called Her Moses: Finale
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7. Walk Together Children
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8. Hold On
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9. By 'n' By
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10. Let Me Fly
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11. Sing Everyone, Sing Me
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12. Away in a Manger
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13. Dormi, Dormi O Bel Bambin
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14. Why Can't We Have Christmas the Whole Year Around
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Songs of hope and freedom express some of the innermost desires of the human spirit.
They encompass matters of love and life that resonate deep in the soul. They speak of truth
and justice, of change and peace. They cry out and they pray. They laugh and they dance.
Robert De Cormier’s dedication to the pursuit of peace and justice is evident throughout
his career as composer, arranger and conductor. His powerful cantata, They Called Her
Moses, tells the incredible story of the life of Harriet Tubman and her work helping slaves
escape to the free states and Canada on the Underground Railroad. Composed in 1969 for
mixed voices, this work premiered as a ballet by Donald McKayle for CBS television. Bella
Voce commissioned a re-voiced version for women’s voices in 2013. Louise De Cormier,
who studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, narrates the fascinating story
of Tubman’s life woven into and amplified through a selection of spirituals whose words are
known to refer to messages about escape and life beyond slavery.
The next two selections continue the theme of peace with texts that encourage people
to “walk together” and to “sing for peace.” This arrangement of Walk Together Children
was commissioned by Bella Voce as part of its 10th anniversary celebration in 2014. De
Cormier’s arrangement for double choir of Hold On was the first piece commissioned by
Bella Voce in 2006.
The breadth of De Cormier’s compositional style is evident in the next 3 selections. By n’
By is a gentle lullaby, followed by the driving spiritual Let Me Fly. Sing Everyone, Sing Me
is a setting of a poem written by his wife, Louise.
In addition to his vast array of arrangements of spirituals, De Cormier is known worldwide
for his arrangements of carols and folk songs. His lyrical arrangement of the beloved
carol Away in a Manger includes flute and guitar. In 2009, Bella Voce commissioned De
Cormier to re-voice the charming Italian carol Dormi, Dormi, O Bel Bambin.
The last piece of this collection is a quintessential example of the composer’s abiding pursuit
of peace through his music. Why Can’t We Have Christmas The Whole Year Around
combines We Wish You a Merry Christmas with a call for peace throughout the year.
~ Dawn Willis, Artistic Director

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