Release Date: May 11, 2018
Catalog #: NV6160
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Piano
Voice

Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac

A Song Cycle For The Twelve Signs Of The Zodiac

Margaret Brandman composer

Prague Mixed Chamber Choir | Jiří Petrdlik conductor
Barbora Polâšková mezzo-soprano
Matěj Chadima baritone
Petr Ožana piano
Benita Rainer lyricist

So many of us wonder about the big picture questions in life. Why are we here? What is the best I can do in my lifetime? COSMIC WHEEL OF THE ZODIAC, with lyrics by astrologer Benita Rainer, presents a cosmic rumination for meditation upon these great questions. These songs guide you through the labyrinth of the Cosmos, which, as perfectly attested to in “As above, so below,” is also the labyrinth of your mind; as what is without has its genesis in what is within.

Let yourself relax down into what are the key feature blueprints of your life’s sun sign. What is your essence? Your essential features that guide your inner world’s expansion, your externalizations? The twelve songs in the COSMIC WHEEL cycle cover a universal span, from each sign’s deepest motivation for love, to each soul’s most heartfelt desire for spiritual expression.

Journey with Aries, the first primal force of the calendar year, to Taurus’ expression of security, and onward to Gemini’s mercurial desire for freedom. Experience the depths of Cancer’s protection, the instinctual and strident soul creativity of Leo, the amazing Virgo the virgin’s cosmic genesis, and Libra’s search for harmony.

Scorpio will take you to depths you’ve never experienced, and, with Sagittarius, you will shoot for the stars. Catch Capricorn’s goat — if you can — and Aquarius’ wide-ranging humanity, before experiencing the final resolution of the human spirit with Pisces, the completion of the cosmic wheel.

Perfect for times when purpose is lost and goals are hard to find, these twelve quintessential musical mandalas will bathe you in cosmic anchor points. Find out what are the intrinsic motivators of your loved ones, and allow each track to revive the lost purposes of your own tribe or village.

We are all different, and yet we all share these inner truths as expressed in Margaret Brandman’s transformative melodies.

Margaret Brandman is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and music educator who has performed and lectured both in her home of Australia and abroad. She has composed music for a variety of instrumental combinations and voice. Her publications include a complete range of music education materials including Accent on Music (High School text) and the Contemporary Piano Method.

As well as being a world-acclaimed musician and composer, Margaret Brandman is also a second level Reiki Channel, and uses her healing insights to take you where you need to be.

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Artist Information

Margaret Brandman

Composer

In a career of over 45 years, composer/pianist Margaret Brandman has composed a variety of music ranging from orchestral, chamber and choral works, to instrumental solos, and works for solo voice with piano accompaniment.

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Jiří Petrdlík

Conductor

Jiří Petrdlík (b. 1977) is appreciated as one of the most respectable conductors of his generation. He studied piano, trombone, and conducting — 1995–2000 at Prague Conservatory, and 2000–2005 at Academy of Performing Arts Prague — with Hynek Farkač, Miroslav Košler, Miriam Němcová, Radomil Eliška, and Tomáš Koutník, and took part in the masterclasses of the New York Philharmonic Principal Conductor Kurt Masur and the BBC Philharmonic Principal Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. Petrdlík also successfully took part in several competitions, including the Donatella Flick Conductor Competition in London.

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