for SATB mixed chorus, clarinet in A and piano SATB, A cl, pno
ca 13 minutes
in 4 movements
Text: Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849)
Winner of 2008 Robert Helps Prize
Premiere: Feb 16th, 2008 by Richard Zielinski Singers, conducted by Richard Zielinski; St. Petersburg, FL
- August 15th, 2008 by Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus, conducted by Felix Shuen; Hong Kong
1. Metaphor of rain
The amorous cloud
Lets down her rustling hair over the sun.
The blue, between yon star-nailed cloud
The double-mountain and this narrow valley,
Is strung with rain, like a fantastic lyre.
3. A Veined Petal
A veined petal closes over
A dewy spark
Ere Eve is dark,
And starry fireflies flit and hover,
Dreams of the Rose,
O’er its repose;
So bend thy head, and sleep awhile
In the Moon’s visionary smile.
Her kisses are
Soft as a snow-tuft in the dewless cup
Of a redoubled rose, noiselessly falling
When heaven is brimful of starry night.