Sean Michael Salamon - My Heart Is Like a Singing Bird

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Composed 2014 by Sean Michael Salamon (b. 1992). Commissioned by the Carnegie Mellon School of Music to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Mrs. Virginia Schatz. Premiered by Ping on April 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

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from Ping, released October 17, 2014
Recorded and mastered by Riccardo Schulz.

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Ping Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Formed in 2013 as an early/new music vocal ensemble at Carnegie Mellon, Ping believes there's something special at the intersection of Pärt and Palestrina. They've opened for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Orion String Quartet, held residencies in Colorado and Nantucket, and been an important catalyst in the creation of new vocal music, having premiering eight new works by young composers this year. ... more

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