Of Water and Love (2007)

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.

2. Rain

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.

4. Kisses

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.
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