No one asked me — Laura Hawley (SATB)

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hawley, laura

NO ONE ASKED ME – Mixed choir, piano

No one asked me SATB with piano

laura hawley

LAH PUBLICATIONS CANADA www.laurahawley.ca

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No one asked me Text based on Creative Reflections from the Sonic Timelapse Project No one asked me if I wanted everything to change One day blends into the next in a slow motion fast forward Each time I face the fear I need to turn away again No one asked me I am strong, yet moving with the wind, But then I’m lost, not knowing when I’ll find my way again. One moment I’m inspired, the next I’m overwhelmed. I’m grateful and I’m frightened and I don’t know where I’m going

Refrain: I feel it all, Can you hear me? I feel it all, Will you need me? Can you tell me who I am? When can I take your hand? I feel it all.

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I feel as if my roots are being torn and shifting in the wind Don’t touch, don’t breathe, don’t sing to me. I dream of the joy of dancing carelessly again No one asked me.

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I am strong, and facing all the pain, But then I’m lost, not knowing when I”ll find my way again. It’s out of my control – I’m fragile then I’m brave, I’m empty and I’m hopeful and I don’t know where I’m going. [Refrain]

I believe I’m in the right place at the right time. We’re connected in ways no one can see Powerless to change, building resilience When will we find our way? I am strong, yet moving with the wind, And when I’m lost, I know that I will find my way again. I feel it all Can you hear me? I feel it all Can you see me? Can you tell me who I am? When can I take your hand? I feel it all.

Duration: 4:00


Commissioned by the Sonic Timelapse Project. The Sonic Timelapse Project is a collaborative choral art commissioning project created as a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of gathering content from the emotional landscape of choral communities in Canada and beyond. Using an innovative crowdfunding model, this project brings together shared creativity and financial resources in a time of need to fund the creation of 10 new works as well as support online programming for participating choirs. This Project was founded by Katerina Gimon, Laura Hawley, and Geung KroekerLee with the support of Prairie Voices Inc.

Composer’s notes The first round of Creative Reflections submitted to Sonic Timelapse came from Canadian choral conductors who shared openly about their emotional landscape at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (spring and summer, 2020). The Sonic Timelapse composers were given access to these reflections and were asked to use them as inspiration for our new works. These submissions, plus one chorister submission from autumn 2020, provided the inspiration and text for No one asked me.

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In my work as a composer, I’ve never attempted to create my own text before; I’m used to working with poetry or prose or some kind of otherwise already-completed text. For this project, I couldn’t decide which Creative Reflection to focus on for my piece, and I was at first intimidated by the idea of creating a text that captured what I wanted this piece to say. I printed out the whole collection of Creative Reflections, and realized that the material was already there, and that there was substantial overlap in what each person was expressing. I started circling bits of text that stood out for me, and cut them out with scissors, mixing together different statements from each contributor, and soon a narrative began to emerge that pointed to the roller coaster of emotions each contributor seemed to describe in their Creative Reflection. That is what this piece is about – the complex and intense spectrum of feelings and emotions associated with the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the confusion around identity, the feeling of isolation, and longing to be together with others to sing, to laugh, to dance, or just to take someone’s hand.

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I found myself looking for direct delivery of text and sharing of phrases between parts in the choir to heighten the expressive drama and play with the duality between a sense of communication and a sense of isolation. I hope the wonderfully crunchy chords feel great to sing, and at the same time, this piece could also be performed entirely in unison with piano if the circumstances called for it. For me, when I sing this, I can’t help thinking of each conductor and chorister whose words ended up in the piece – these people and their Creative Reflections play in my mind like a slide show as I sing, which brings me closer to them, even as we are far away. ~laura hawley


Commissioned by the Sonic Timelapse Project;

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Select choral works by laura hawley:

A house of prayer SATB with piano or string quartet Absence SSAATTBB + alto solo a cappella And we kissed SSAA a cappella Angels in the Snow SSA with piano Au champ d’honneur Unison/2-part with piano Be music, night SSAATBB a cappella Blink of an eye SATB a cappella Call yourself beautiful SSA or SATB with piano

In Song SSATBB with piano or with bassoon, piano, vibraphone, and viola L’eraclito Amoroso SATB with string quartet Loon, Crane, Land SATB with piano, oboe, vibraphone and marimba Maid on the Shore SSAA a cappella Many voices, one song SA or SATB with piano Mary Called it an Angel SATB a cappella

Chelsea Morning SSSAAA a cappella

Christmas Snowflakes SSAA a cappella Droplets SATB a cappella

Earth’s secret soul SATB a cappella

Sky-born Music Unison/2-part with piano Sonnet 43 SSATBB a cappella Sonnet 113 SSATBB a cappella Stone and sand SSSAAA a cappella Stones SSA with piano

e r o c

Strong Women’s Song SSAA a cappella

The Arrow and the Song SSSAA a cappella

s l a

Meadowlarks SSATB with piano

Möcht nones bitzeli läbe SATB with piano

s u r e P

Carol Trilogy SSAA divisi with piano

Music Makers 2-part with piano

No one asked me SSA, SATB, or TTBB with piano O come, let us sing 2-part with piano Pentecost SSATTBB a cappella

Earth Voices Unison/2-part/SSA or SAB with piano

Qaujimavunga Kinaummangaarma – I know who I am SSA with piano, violin, cello

First snow of the year SATB with piano

Remember, woman SSAA a cappella with drum

Gohyangui bon 2-part/SSA with piano

Rise up, my love SSAATBB a cappella

In dulci jubilo SATB with piano

Salutation to the dawn SSSAA with piano

In Flanders Fields SSAA a cappella

Sapiens SSAATTBB with percussion

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The commendation SATB + mezzo solo with piano or organ The Christ-Child SSA with organ

The First snow of the year SATB with piano The Maple Key SSA with piano The people you love SSATB a cappella The sun is mine Unison/2-part/SSA or SAB with piano

Versicles and Responses SSAA a cappella Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share (formerly titled “Alhamdoulillah”) 2-part with piano and doumbek