Text by Maya Angelou, music by Mark Hayes
SSAA Choral Octavo
From Like Dust I Rise (A Choral Song Cycle)
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A folk-like setting of Maya Angelou's empowering poem, which compares a bird's longing to be liberated with that of all people. Hayes chooses a minor key with plenty of harmonic tension and a walking tempo that suggests the footsteps of those who have come before. The final Picardy third is the ultimate symbol of freedom. This is the second movement from the song cycle Like Dust I Rise.