Snow Angel is an evocative five-movement choral work that explores themes of love, rebirth, and beauty through the eyes of children and the heavenly army of angels that watch over them, yearning to make a difference to their lives. The work may be performed with narration, in which three angels present their perspectives on their earthly charges. Quartel weaves a haunting and poignant cello line through the work, and a vibrant part for djembe in movement four, 'Sweet child', carries the listener from the ethereal and mystical realm the work predominantly inhabits into an emphatic anthem with a distinctly African feel. The musical language is emotive and pectoral, allowing performers to play an active role in the storytelling. Snow Angel is also available in a version for SSAA.
SSAA recording performed by Lady Cove Women's Choir, St. John's, Newfoundland Kellie Walsh, Artistic Director