#ChoralMarch: March 18th, Land of the Silver Birch, La Choraline

“Land of the Silver Birch” is a Canadian folk song from the 1920s, whose authorship seems to be disputed. Wikipedia asserts:

The lyrics are sometimes erroneously attributed to Pauline Johnson, perhaps in confusion with her well-known poem, “The Song My Paddle Sings”

This article from the Toronto Star on a controversy about a school board apologising for its supposed racism (and being sued for this apology by the teacher who programmed it)   describes how it is often ascribed to Johnson, herself of Native Canadian First Nations heritage. Various activists are quoted who, while seeing the song as a bit simplistic and romanticised, nevertheless do not find the “racist” characterisation fair.

 

 

#ChoralMarch, March 5th, “Kyrie”, Schola Gregoriana Hispana

Schola Gregoriana Hispana are a group ” founded and directed by Francisco Javier Lara in 1984 and born with the aim of rescuing from oblivion, neglect and ignorance the great musical treasure of the Hispanic, Mozarabic, Gregorian and early polyphony repertoire and to make it known through recitals, concerts and recordings.” (thank you Google Translate)