Tabula rasa

Don Macdonald
Don Macdonald
Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:04:30
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
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Programme Note:
Tabula Rasa - This Latin phrase translates as "Blank Slate" in English.

Composer Don Macdonald had a specific image in mind when composing this music.

A quiet moment between a mother and child when the mother sees, as she has never seen,

the potential of the precious life she holds in her arms.

A silent acknowledgement of her child and every child as a "blank slate"

with seemingly limitless potential.

Premiere Information:
Kitchener Waterloo
Da Capo Chamber Choir
Conductor: Leonard Enns


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 M1349ta
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 30, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (8 p.) ;
    8 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: Spanish
  • Additional Information:

  • Text translation:

    In my arms, breathe.
    Life without limits.
    Light of day, dark night.
    Sleep, dream,rest in safety.

    With your heart, your soul, listen and know this truth:
    Within you are boundless futures ,if you are given freedom;
    freedom to grow,
    freedom to learn,
    freedom to touch ,
    freedom to feel,
    freedom to imagine,
    freedom to love,
    freedom to be loved.

    Additional People:
    Allison Girvan
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