They call it Canada Piano & Vocal

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They call it Canada Piano & Vocal

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Designed initially to be sung by youthful and changed voices (aged 10-14), this work is also totally suitable for adult choirs.

The rising choric speaking at the beginning of the song gives way to a strong motivational chorus, ‘They call it Canada . . . we call it home’. The following verses deal playfully with Canada’s natural beauty and achievements in a style reminiscent of a Gordon Lightfoot ballad. The finale ‘anthem’ concludes with a salute to this nation’s cultural values of freedom and equality.

The three styles embodied in the work are dealt with consistently for ease of teaching. The piano and all accompaniment parts were handled admirably by the students for whom it was written!

Commissioned by Claude Watson School for the Arts (Grades 4-8) in Ontario in honour of Canada’s Sesquicentennial birthday as a nation, July 1, 2017. This work began with a poetry contest with the children of Claude Watson. The poems, limericks, Haiku and free-verse were vetted by the staff and then submitted to Len for gleaning and fashioning into a song to be sung as a finale for their annual Reflections Concert.

Claude Watson School for the Arts 2017

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About the music

This music product is a digital download - instant access after purchase.

Preview Music: PDF Sample (click to open, right-click to save)
Words by: Len Ballantine & Claude Watson Students
Music by: Len Ballantine


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Duration: 6:00
Orchestration: P