butterfly (ssa)


  • Catalog ID: S-27
  • First Line: time hangs in the air...
  • Composer: Nancy Telfer
  • Voicing: ssa
  • Accompaniment: a cappella
  • Language: English
  • Country: Canada
  • Series: Saint Mary's College Choral Series
  • Other: children, women
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


“Butterfly” begins with an introduction which should be quiet and still but very much alive with the anticipation that something is about to happen.  From the stillness of the cocoon to the first uncrumpling of frail wings to the joys of first flight, this imaginative piece by one of Canada’s most prolific composers flitters and darts and soras, and then disappears, leaving only a soft humming sound.  An especially delightful piece for children’s choruses.  Medium difficulty.  A beautiful recording of this piece performed by the Varsity Treble Choir of McKinney High School in McKinney, TX conducted by Cindy Johnston can be found at the following link: