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Pieces using breath sounds?

Hi all -
 
I'm putting together a high school choral show called "Inspiration"  with a theme of all the various things that inspire singing (yes, I know -- everything inspires singing.... makes it easy!).
 
I'd like the first piece to literally start at inspiration -- breathing in.  Then we'll move on to rhythm, harmony, etc etc
 
Does anyone know of any good pieces that focus on the sounds of unvoiced breathing?  Or that use unvoiced sounds in a rhythmic/percussive way without actually turning into beatboxing?  (Ideally the piece should start unvoiced...)
Many Thanks!!
Doug
Replies (11): Threaded | Chronological
on April 23, 2013 7:07pm
Completely off the top of my head:
 
David Hamilton - The Moon is Distant From The Sea
Stephen Leek - Sea Shapes
 
doesn't start with the breath sound, but is completely on topic:
Sweet Honey In the Rock - Breaths
on April 24, 2013 7:11pm
Simon - I think you nailed it!  Sea Shapes is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for, and Breaths would be an excellent follow-up.  I like Sweet Honey in the Rock and have done one of their pieces before, but hadn't run across that one. 
 
Many thanks!
Doug
on April 24, 2013 4:05am
Try Luceat by Mikko Heiniö. It begins with breathing sounds whivh describe sounds of a respirator. It is published by Fennica Gehrman, Helsinki Finland.
on April 24, 2013 9:19am
My piece, Stop Thinking, arranged both for SSA a cappella or SSA with string quartet, begins with unvoiced breaths. I could probably revise it for mixed voices if you are interested. Please contact me if you'd like to hear/see it.
 
best wishes,
Anna Dembska
on April 24, 2013 10:29am
Hi Doug,
 
I have one: "Unlock the Treasure in Your Heart" for SATB a cappella (with tenor solo near the end). It uses inhale and exhale sounds. It was commissioned by Linn-Benton Community College. Their chamber choir premiered it last summer in London at a pre-Olympics concert event. Let me know if you'd like a perusal copy.
 
Best wishes,
 
Rebecca Oswald
on April 24, 2013 1:15pm
Nordanvind, by Arne Mellnas. It recreates the sounds of the wind, from unvoiced breath sounds. Pretty effective in a decent acoustic.
on April 24, 2013 7:12pm
To all who replied, deep thanks.  What a great community!
Doug
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on April 25, 2013 1:16pm
There's definitely an SATB arrangement of Sweet Honey's Breaths, distributed by Hal Leonard.
on April 26, 2013 3:01am
the first movement of Bob Chilcott's Modern Man I Sing starts with the breathing in and out, as though jogging: There's a sound clip on this page: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780193359772.do
on April 27, 2013 1:34am
Take a look at "Dream Ship" by Susan LaBarr
 
 
WTG
on April 29, 2013 1:47pm
The Sounding Sea - Eric Barnum
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