SATB Chorus and Orchestra (2020)
I. Introduction: The Half Light - (Poem by W.B. Yeats)
II. The Land of Dreams - (Poem adapted from William Blake)
III. A Dream Within a Dream - (Poem by Edgar Allan Poe)
IV. The Dream of the Lullaby - (Poem by W.B. Yeats)
V. Midnight: The Dream of Love - (Text by James Joyce from "Ulysses")
2 Flutes (2nd doubling Piccolo)
2 Clarinets in A
2 Bassoons (2nd doubling Contrabassoon)
4 Horns in F
3 Trumpets in C
2 Tenor Trombones
Percussion (2 players): Crotales, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbals, Triangle, Tamtam, Bass Drum
Duration ca. 29 minutes
I. Introduction: The Half Light
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
By William Butler Yeats [1865 – 1939]
II. The Land of Dreams
I had a dream
You were still alive
I walked with you
I saw you there
I could not get to the other side
I am here
In this land of fear
Like the mourning dove I mourn
When shall I return?
Above the light of the morning star
Adapted from The Land of Dreams
By William Blake [1757 – 1827]
III. A Dream Within a Dream
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
A Dream Within a Dream
By Edgar Allan Poe [1809 -1849]
IV. The Dream of the Lullaby
The angels are stooping
Above your bed;
They weary of trooping
With the whimpering dead.
God's laughing in Heaven
To see you so good;
The Sailing Seven
are gay with His mood.
I sigh that kiss you,
For I must own
That I shall miss you
When you have grown.
Adapted from A Cradle Song
By William Butler Yeats [1865 – 1939]
[Additions in italics]
V. Midnight: The Dream of Love
I love flowers I’d love to have the whole place swimming in roses heaven there’s nothing like the wild mountains then the sea the waves rushing the first person in the universe might as well try to stop the sun from rising the sun shines for you he said the day we were lying among the flowers yes it was leap year like now 16 years ago after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said I was a flower of the mountain yes so we are the sun shines for you today the sea and the sky like fire I was a Flower of the mountain when I put the rose in my hair how he kissed me and I asked him with my eyes to say yes I put my arms around him and drew him down to me yes and his heart was going like mad Yes.
Adapted from Ulysses Episode 18—Penelope
By James Joyce [1882 – 1941]
Music and adaptations of texts (c) 2020 by Corey Field
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This work may be performed individually or as part of the complete Choral Symphony Trilogy in the following suggested order: Dreams Symphony | Hymn Symphony | Shakespeare Symphony