On the surface, “A Light exists in Spring” captures Emily Dickinson’s feelings during an ephemeral experience of Nature—that particular light that is unique to early Spring. But there is a wonderful depth in her writing, including insights about how Nature moves us to feel, the relationship between contentment and Nature, and our experience of the passing of the intangible.
“An End” is a multi-movement a cappella SSATBB setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem by the same name. I was captivated by a literal interpretation of this poem: the tragic death of a baby born in Spring, and the awful emotional turmoil for those left behind. The music I wrote explores the complex facets of such a loss.a cappella, Christina Rossetti, English, SATB, SSATBB
Tennyson’s poem opens with rather conventional imagery (crashing sea, coldness, grayness). So, too, the music starts with a texture that mimics the endless crashing waves—a cascade of falling voices resolving suspensions only to create new ones: “break, break, break, …” The main narrative is then taken up by the choir in a style that is thick with suspensions that reflect the narrator’s yearning…a cappella, English, Lord Tennyson, SATB, SSAATTBB
An arrangement of the Horatio and Isabella Parker Cradle Hymn from their Christmas cantata The Holy Child. Originally published in 1893 as a soprano and tenor duet, this arrangement is for SATB choir with piano accompaniment.Anthem, Christmas, English, Horatio Parker, Isabella Parker, Piano, Sacred, SATB