To Live Is to Breathe

Poet/Lyricist: 

J. David Moore and Christina Grammatikopoulou
If you can breathe, you can sing--that is the basis of "To Live Is to Breathe". It combines this mantra-like idea with a spoken middle section about structures of air, along with audible breaths and engaging body percussion.

Commissioned by: 

Magpies and Ravens "Lineage" program in honor of all the composers who have influenced our lives

Premiere: 

Magpies and Ravens at the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Item Voicing Media Price
LK035-04 SATB a cappella
$2.25
LKD035-04
digital download
SATB a cappella $2.00

Text:

To Live Is to Breathe

To live is to breathe,
to breathe is to sing.

Carefully uttered words,
almost imperceptible sighs,
loud cries, and whispers,
our mother tongue and every language in the world:
all thoughts and feelings that have been expressed out loud in history
are structures made of air.
The air exhaled from our body turns into voice and speech
and becomes the spine of human communication.
This transformation starts on the day of birth,
through cries and sighs initially,
that eventually turn into speech.
Our voice always seeks to carry a message:
basic, in the case of cries, and elaborate when it comes to words.

To live is to breathe,
to breathe is to sing.