Cypress Choral

Mourning Dove

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Pierre Massie
CP 1824
“Mourning Dove” is inspired by the cooing of doves in my back yard. As I sat by the pond listening to the waterfall, a couple landed nearby and started singing. Their mournful melody is the main theme of the piece, which i wrote soon after my pet bird passed; she was a quaker. The song conveys the chilling conditions of the birth of the child in the manger. Still, in the end, the joy of the birth is expressed when the piece switches to major.