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Shane Raman - Love partakes of the soul itself

from ET AMOR: songs celebrating queer love by Cor Flammae

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gdelgi Love this piece! As a member of a choir myself, I'd be interested to know if there's sheet music available.
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Inspired by a passage from Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables, Hugo describes love as incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable, immortal, infinite, and limitless. I wanted this piece to feel very intimate, and
to express the transcendence of an intimate love to a vast and diverse community. A 5-part rondo, the expression of intimacy is in the heartbeat-like ostinato sung by the altos and tenors, surrounded by the mirrored melodies in the soprano and bass. This mirrored melody suggests the duality of love as it exists between all of us in its consistent and divergent nature. It is both an expression of personal love, and hope for a world where the characteristics of an indivisible and imperishable love will strengthen our personal relationships and lead to the growth of peace in our world.

This piece was composed for the wedding of Adam and Shane, dedicated to Adam Dickson, and premiered on our wedding day, October 1 2016. I am so grateful to Cor Flammae for programming my compositions,
especially this piece that means so much to me.


Love partakes of the soul itself. It is of the same nature.
Like it, it is a divine spark, like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable, it is the point of fire which is within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can limit and nothing can extinguish.

Victor Hugo


from ET AMOR: songs celebrating queer love, released August 9, 2017




Cor Flammae Vancouver, British Columbia

Cor Flammae is Vancouver's summer chorus of classically trained, queer singers, performing queer content. Composed from the ranks of the city's top-flight choral ensembles and singers, the choir seeks to reveal the hidden queer heritage often ignored in the conservative world of classical music. ... more

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