Canadian composer, conductor, and educator Sarah Quartel is known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. Her works have been performed throughout North America and featured by groups such as the National Youth Choir of Canada, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and the a cappella group Rajaton. She became a conductor with Viva Children's Choirs in 2011, and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events throughout Canada.
The music in the first section is static, atmospheric, and languorous. The cello provides eloquent statements in the high tenor range, interacting freely with the voices. As this section draws to a close, the djembe enters, ratcheting up the vivacity of the music. A quasi-gospel motif enters with two measures of syncopated four-voices chords. This musical burden continues throughout, with a small group adding a solo melody line that delineates the text of the poem. The piece builds intensity to a final cadential climax, at which point the instruments suddenly drop out. A brief unaccompanied dA (c)nouement winds the piece down with a melismatic flourish. * Jason Overall, AAM Journal, February 2017 *