This emotionally uplifting work relies on gentle dissonances that ebb and flow with the Spanish text. It has been performed by youth choirs as well as professional ensembles and would make a great choice for festival competition.
TABULA RASA was the winning composition of the 2010 DaCapo Chamber Choir NewWorks competition.
En mis brazos, respira
vida sin li mites
luz del dia, noche oscura
duerme, sueño, resto conseguridad
Con su córazon su alma escucha y sabe esta verdad
Dentro de ti hay futuros ilimitados si le dan la libertad
Libertad de crecer
libertad de aprender
libertad de tocar
libertad de sen tir
libertad de imaginarse
libertad de volar
libertad de adorar
libertad de ser amado
Tabula Rasa – This Latin phrase translates as “Blank Slate” in English.
Composer Don Macdonald had a specific image in mind when composing this music.
A quiet moment between a mother and child when the mother sees, as she has never seen,
the potential of the precious life she holds in her arms.
A silent acknowledgement of her child and every child as a “blank slate”
with seemingly limitless potential.
In my arms, breathe.
Life without limits.
Light of day, dark night.
Sleep, dream,rest in safety.
With your heart, your soul, listen and know this truth:
Within you are boundless futures ,if you are given freedom;
freedom to grow,
freedom to learn,
freedom to touch ,
freedom to feel,
freedom to imagine,
freedom to love,
freedom to be loved.