WINTER PROVERBS

by Frances Farrell

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Winner of Chor Leoni’s inaugural C4 composition competition in 2017, this a cappella suite for men’s voices uses secular texts to depict the many shades of winter. This suite can be performed as a group or, alternatively, the last movement can be performed as a standalone work. A highly versatile set of pieces featuring moments of effervescence, humour, and solace, Winter Proverbs will be a welcome addition to your seasonal program.

1. Prologue: The Pine in Winter
The pine stays green in winter; wisdom in hardship.

2. Winter’s Dance
They that sing in summer must dance in winter.

3. Cold Comfort
Those who don’t pick roses in the summer, won’t pick them in winter, either.

4. How Long the Winter
O wind, can spring be far?
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
Oh, when the winds begin to sing,
The snow melts the soonest when the winds begin to sing.
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
When winter comes, can spring be far behind?

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