Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo



  • Music: Cecilia McDowall
  • Lyrics / Text: Kevin Crossley-Holland
  • Category / Instrument: Choral music
  • Subcategory / Voicing: Large Choral Works
  • Genre: Secular
  • Other Classifications: Cantata
  • Accompaniment: Piano with opt. Violin
  • Format: Book (Letter Size)
  • Catalog #: X533868
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Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo, here re-scored for upper voices, tells the extraordinary story of Nujeen Mustafa, a Kurdish teenager with cerebral palsy forced by war to flee her home and embark on an arduous journey to Europe with her sister. In this five-movement cantata Nujeen's story – recounted in her biography 'The Girl from Aleppo' (co-authored by Christina Lamb) – is retold by Kevin Crossley-Holland and richly scored by Cecilia McDowall. A wealth of musical effects are employed to capture the narrative, including chorales, rhythmic spoken sections, body percussion, and a solo violin part infused with Middle Eastern flavours. The prevailing mood of Nujeen's story is embodied by the final line of a chorale that bookends this unique concert work: 'singing the song of life itself.'

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