Stars Over Snow

StarsOverSnow1Stars over snow,

And in the west a planet

Swinging below a star–

Look for a lovely thing and you will find it,

It is not far–

It never will be far.

– Sara Teasdale

I see the poem in two halves of three lines each and have structured the piece accordingly. The second half simply expounds on the first half. Seek out that which is beautiful, true, and uplifting and it will be abundant. In many ways, it brings up a quote by Henri Matisse: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” It’s also closely related to these words by Leonardo da Vinci: “There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”

This piece was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for the Brigham Young University Singers, Ronald Staheli conductor. This piece was commissioned especially for BYU Singer’s tour to China in Spring of 2015, which will be Ronald Staheli’s final tour with the ensemble.

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