Lamentation (Mark Chapman)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-30)   CPDL #40574:       
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2016-07-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 495 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Lamentation
Composer: Mark Chapman
Lyricist: Eva Schroedercreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularLamentation

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Not published

Description: Lamentation was composed to words written by the photographer Eva Schroeder for her exhibition Beneath the Bula Smile, and was performed by the chamber choir I Progetti in June 2016. Eva requested the music to be relatively simple, harmonically and texturally, and it attempts to evoke the hardships undergone by rural female vendors in Fiji travelling to the markets in Suva to sell their goods.

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Original text and translations

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Oh hear our lamentation
Where oh where is joy to be found
The grind of life is taking its toll
To our culture we are shackled and bound

Where are those moments of beauty
For endlessly we strive and strain
Reaching longingly for something much better
Beyond the suffering and the pain

Oh hear our lamentation
There is no music in our heart
We breathe but in and out each day
Life just lived, then we depart.