Listening

Poet/Lyricist: 

Amy Lowell
A great selection for larger choirs, although a smaller group would sound good as well. Don't let the divisi near the end of the piece scare you away...it is only the part sung in canon.

Commissioned by: 

The 2015 Northwest Suburban Treble Festival, conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu through a generous donation from the Louis and Mary Kay Smith Family Foundation.

Premiere: 

The Northwest Suburban Treble Festival Choir, Champlin Park, Minnesota
Item Voicing Media Price
LK029-03 SSA and piano
$2.50
LKD029-03
digital download
SSA with piano $2.00

Text:

Listening

'Tis you that are the music, not your song.
The song is but a door which, opening wide,
Lets forth the pent-up melody inside,
Your spirit's harmony, which clear and strong
Sings but of you. Throughout your whole life long
Your songs, your thoughts, your doings, each divide
This perfect beauty; waves within a tide,
Or single notes amid a glorious throng.
The song of earth has many different chords;
Ocean has many moods and many tones
Yet always ocean. In the damp Spring woods
The painted trillium smiles, while crisp pine cones
Autumn alone can ripen.
So is this
One music with a thousand cadences.