Composer:   Christine Donkin
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Graphite Publishing
Edition:   GP-D030
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   with piano


Rick Kvam
Choral Arts Ensemble
R&R Chair Community Choirs

Sorrow into Song by Christine Donkin is the second work commissioned by that same Graphite-sponsored consortium. Christine grew up in a musical family in northwest Alberta, exposed to folk, bluegrass, jazz and classical music. Her setting of this beautiful poem by Sara Teasdale was inspired by her mother, who suffered from dementia before her death in April 2021, but never stopped singing—the text speaks of “singing in hard wind ceaselessly.” This beautiful, delicate work also features fresh harmonies with some chromaticism, but well-supported by a lovely piano accompaniment.