O Cool is the Valley Now (2004)

for SSATBB mixed chorus

Premiered on April 12 2004
in St. Francis House, 1001 University Ave, Madison WI
by Museko, conducted by Jerry Hui

Duration: ca 2’00”

This is written and dedicated to Museko, a magnificent community choir that I have directed/conducted/grown up with for three years, as a farewell present to the entire group.

Text by James Joyce (1882-1941), from Chamber Music (1907)

O cool is the valley now
and there, love, will we go;

For many a choir is singing now
where love did some time go.

And hear you not the thrushes calling?
calling us away.

O cool and pleasant is the valley
and there, love, will we stay.

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