THREE WINTER SONGS

by Trent Worthington

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“Crisply the bright snow whispered – crunching beneath our feet…” Trent has set the Sara Teasdale poem for choir with elegance – and the piano player will love the challenge.

“My window-pane is starred with frost, the world is bitter cold tonight… ” This is the a cappella movement to the trilogy.

“Fairy snow blowing everywhere…” The last movement to Trent’s trilogy sparkles like snowflakes.

featuring Chronos Vocal Ensemble

LYRICS

Winter Bluejay
Crisply the bright snow whispered,
Crunching beneath our feet;
Behind us as we walked along the parkway,
Our shadows danced,
Fantastic shapes in vivid blue.
Across the lake the skaters
Flew to and fro,
With sharp turns weaving
A frail invisible net.
In ecstasy the earth
Drank the silver sunlight;
In ecstasy the skaters
Drank the wine of speed;
In ecstasy we laughed
Drinking the wine of love.
Had not the music of our joy
Sounded its highest note?
But no,
For suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
“Oh look!”
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?

 
Winter Night

My window-pane is starred with frost, 
The world is bitter cold to-night, 
The moon is cruel, and the wind 
Is like a two-edged sword to smite.

God pity all the homeless ones, 
The beggars pacing to and fro. 
God pity all the poor to-night 
Who walk the lamp-lit streets of snow.

My room is like a bit of June, 
Warm and close-curtained fold on fold, 
But somewhere, like a homeless child, 
My heart is crying in the cold. 

Snow Song

Fairy snow, fairy snow, 
Blowing, blowing everywhere, 
Would that I 
Too, could fly 
Lightly, lightly through the air.

Like a wee, crystal star 
I should drift, I should blow 
Near, more near, 
To my dear 
Where he comes through the snow.

I should fly to my love 
Like a flake in the storm, 
I should die, 
I should die, 
On his lips that are warm. 

 
poet: Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

VIEW SCORE

WINTER BLUEJAY – (PDF)
WINTER NIGHT – (PDF)
SNOW SONG – (PDF)

ORDER SHEET MUSIC

Winter Bluejay – with piano  – $2.35   CP 1561
Winter Night – with piano  – $2.35   CP 1562
Snow Song – with piano  –  $2.35   CP 1563
Complete set – THREE WINTER SONGS – $5.25   CP1564