Instrumentation high voice and piano

Vocal Range C4 to F5 (or C3 to F4)

Timing ca. 2’00”

Composed 2014

Poem by Mustafa Ahmed

Commissioned by the Regent Park School of Music as part of The Park Songbook project

World premiere July 25, 2014, Canadian Music Centre Performance Space, Toronto, Ontario. Cresilda Arellano, soprano, and Justin Vuong, piano

Recorded by Danika Lorèn, soprano, and Steven Philcox, piano, on Found Frozen: Songs of Jeffrey Ryan

Programme Notes

In this short love song, the two voices of the pianist’s hands weave together, complementing each other, while the singer, as a third and outside voice, yearns to be part of just such a relationship.

So Crumble Into Sand
by Mustafa Ahmed

I let my love harden like concrete
But I’m still so incomplete
Don’t be so quick to harden like me
There are cracks you do not see

So crumble into sand
Sink into my being
You’re all that I am
I am yang and you are my instinct to love
Won’t you let our hearts beat in sync to love?

©2014 Mustafa Ahmed
used with permission


Danika Lorèn (soprano) and Steven Philcox (piano). From the Canadian Art Song Project album Found Frozen.

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