Todo o Meu Ser (All of My Being)

Poet/Lyricist: 

Orpingalik by way of Knud Rasmussen c. 1921-24

"Todo o Meu Ser" with its Portuguese lyrics and Brazilian flavor actually has its roots with the Inuit who are indigenous peoples of the North American Arctic. While I was a Fellow at the Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency in Bahia, Brazil in 2009, I was inspired to set to music a favorite quote originating with Inuit shaman, Orpingalik: “How many songs I have I cannot tell you. All my being is a song, and I sing as I draw breath.” Beautiful words, but even more lyrical in Portuguese!

Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-024 SATB, piano, conga, hand percussion 3:45 $2.25 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/VMP024Todo%20o%20Meu%20Ser.mp3
JS-024D
PDF download
SATB, piano, conga, hand percussion 3:45 $1.50
JS-025 SSAA, piano, conga, hand percussion 3:45 $2.25
JS-025D
PDF download
SSAA, piano, conga, hand percussion 3:45 $1.35

Audio Credits: 

Aurora Chorus, Joan Szymko Conductor

Publisher: 

Joan Szymko
Text

Não sei dizer-te quantas cançoes eu canto
Todo o meu ser é uma canção
E eu quanto enquanto respiro

Translation: 

How many songs I have I cannot tell you.
All my being is a song, 
and I sing as I draw breath.

Reviews: 

"[her piece] is about the unity of music and self... She's such a wonderfully virile and vibrant composer and all of her music has this pertinent rhythmic aspect that enlivens all of the words." — Charles Bruffy, director Phoenix Chorale