THE SINGER'S DANCE

In this stand-alone movement from "The Wound in the Water", we are awed at the powerful landscape around us, sky, water, earth, and we are reminded of the beauty of our common global home that we need to take better care of.

Commissioned for the Opening Concert of St. Olav Festival, Trondheim, Norway (Olavsfestdagene) in 2016 and premiered by Conspirare, soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and conductor Craig Hella Johnson.

May be performed without the strings.

 

  • SATB or SSAA

    VOICING

  • 2016

    YEAR

  • 3'30 minutes

    DURATION

  • Euan Tait

    WORDS

SCORES

 

SATB & piano (opt. strings)

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Boosey & Hawkes, J. W. Pepper

Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number 1411)

SSAA & piano (opt. strings)

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, J. W. Pepper

Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number 1488)

SATB full score with string parts

Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing

SSAA full score with string parts

Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing

THE TEXT

The leaves have fallen away, and dance

to the wind-song in the garden,

 

and through new naked trees, we see

the two great rivers in their beauty

 

and restless power.  The driven clouds

burn like comets in our aerial ocean,

the air is alight with the cries of birds

flocking southwards like the music

 

once exiled from the heart, yet our hearts

erupt and here, on this wind-driven hill

 

we are drawn to the centre of the dance,

and we know we are helplessly singing, 

 

seeking whatever in us we cannot stop,

the song ceaseless, leaping, our utter yes.

Euan Tait

SEE ALSO

 

Cover Flight Song_edited.jpg
The Wound.jpg

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