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This short work sets a poem by Edwin Markham (1852-1940), American poet, teacher, lecturer and social activist. During his lifetime several collections of poetry were published, and he was often seen lecturing at labour and radical gatherings as at literary ones.
The poem Child of My Heart addresses a new-born child directly, asking where it has come from and questioning where life will lead it.
Child of My Heart was written for choral and teaching colleague Vanessa Kay who had requested something for two-part voices, with a text suited to high school level choirs. It was written shortly after the birth of her first child, and is dedicated to Vanessa and David Kay.
Dedicated to Vanessa and David Kay
Text by Edwin Markham
17 Feb 2011: Performed by Kate Bell, Wendy Huang, Jasmine Lee, Judy Lee, Tianyi Lu, Thomas Woodfield and Richard Liu (piano) with conductor David Hamilton