Working on New Choral Pieces

Sometimes, ideas come and go.  There’s no real rhyme or reason for why, it just happens.  I’ll see a text, love it, and want to write for it, and then the next week, I’ll dump it.  These things happen.

Recently, however, there are a few texts that are not leaving me alone.  One text that has me in a vice is the simple but powerful Latin text, “Hosanna filio David,”  and it proves more challanges in setting to music then it seems.  It reads:

“Hosanna, Hosanna filio David.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
O Rex Israel, Hosanna in excelsis.

“Hosanna, Hosanna to the son of David.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
O King of Israel, Hosanna in the highest.

Another one is by Sara Teasdale who I only discovered last year (how did I miss this exquisite woman?).  She writes some truly beautiful words, but one that wont escape my mind is her poem titled, “Water Lilies.”

“If you have forgotten water lilies floating
On a dark lake among mountains in the afternoon shade,
If you have forgotten their wet, sleepy fragrance,
Then you can return and not be afraid.

But if you remember, then turn away forever
To the plains and the prairies where pools are far apart,
There you will not come at dusk on closing water lilies,
And the shadow of mountains will not fall on your heart.”

-Sara Teasdale

Someday, these will be done, and I’ll post them or somethin’.  Still working on the commission as well.  Lotsa work to do tomorrow, after visiting the Midway hot springs.  Hooray!


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