In the Bleak Midwinter/Footprints in the Snow

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Gustav Holst/Claude Debussy/arr. Paul Carey

SSAA plus soloist/piano
Text by Christina Rossetti
Duration: 4:00
Difficulty rating (1-5): 3

 
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P
erformed by Vox Caelestis Women's Choir, Paul Carey, director
Recorded live Dec 2000

Premiered December 3, 2000 by Vox Caelestis Womenís Chorus, Oak Park IL, directed by Paul Carey


This is a piece which combines Holstís familiar setting of Rossettiís text (in F major) with Debussyís piano prelude Footprints in the Snow (in d minor, with nips and tucks). The piece is pretty barren, cold, and sad until the end, when it shimmers with light as the speaker in the poem realizes he has something to give to the Christ Child -- his heart. If you like unusual ideas and the unexpected, this piece is for you.
(If you are a Debussy purist, maybe not!)

Complete perusal score available upon request.

 


TEXT

The full moon was shining upon the broad sea;
I sang to the one star that look'd down at me;
I sang to the white horse that graz'd on the quay,--
As I walk'd down by the high sea-wall.
But  my lips they,
My lips they,
Said never a word,
As I moped by the high sea-wall.
 
The curlew's slow night song came on the water.
That tremble of sweet notes set my heart astir,
As I walk'd beside her, the O'Connell's daughter,
  I knew that I did love her.
   But my lips they,
My lips they,
Said never a word,
As we walk'd by the high sea-wall.
 
The full moon has fallen, the night wind is down
And I lie here thinking in bleak Bofin town.
I lie here and thinking, "I am not alone."
For here close beside me is O'Connell's daughter,
And my lips they, my lips they,
Say many a many a word,
  As we embrace by the high sea-wall.
O! my lips they, my lips they,
say many a word,
As we kiss by the high sea-wall. 
 
 


 
 

  

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