Performing Forces: SSAATTBB choir a cappella
Duration: approx. 5' - 7'
Text: Traditional Ojibwe morning prayer
Miigwetch incorporates two different texts. The first is a traditional Ojibwe morning prayer, thanking the Creator Spirit for everything around us (rivers, trees, sunshine, etc.). It frequently uses the word ‘miigwetch’, which means ‘thank you’. The second piece of text is a short list of some of the many names that Canada has been called over the centuries; beginning with the Viking’s names for their colonies in would-be Newfoundland, the First Nations, all the way up to ‘Canada’ and finally, ‘Home’. Also, the score specifies that the choir must be split into two groups, one performing onstage and one performing either backstage, in a balcony, or somewhere else where a distant, echoing sound may be achieved. The contrast between the onstage and distant offstage sounds as well as the use of the mysterious-sounding Lydian mode search to bring out the spirituality of the Ojibwe prayer in reverence to the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian landscape. Miigwetch will be premiered by the DaCapo Chamber Choir in Waterloo on May 6th, 2017.