Date of composing March 2016
Genre choral songs for mixed SATTB chorus a cappella
Level of difficulty intermediate to advanced
Dedication to Nina A. Zharkova
Copyrights music: © 2016 Natalia Pispini; lyrics: Alexander Block’s poems from public domain
Idea and musical structure
D major. Largo. Notwithstanding the poem’s romanticism, I wanted to create music of calm and almost epic, objective character, oriented toward the early Russian choral manner. Slow motion, syllabic texture and regular rhythm of the lines through the whole composition are working for this stylization. The piece has ABA1 form. The harmonies are simple but colored by additional dissonant tones. The ranges are: soprano – C-sharp4 – G5, alto – B3 – A4, tenor I – B3 – E4, tenor II – E3 – A-sharp4, bass – A2 – D3. (Originally, the song was composed in C major, i.e. in lower range, complying with the Russian choral style.)
[Там один и был цветок,
Я стремлюсь к роскошной воле,
Мчусь к прекрасной стороне,
Где в широком чистом поле
Хорошо, как в чудном сне.
Там цветут и клевер пышный,
И невинный василек,
Вечно шелест легкий слышно:
Колос клонит… Путь далек!
Есть одно лишь в океане,
Клонит лишь одно траву…
Ты не видишь там, в тумане,
Я увидел – и сорву!
Ya stremlyus’ k roskoshnoy vole,
Mchus’ k prekrasnoy storone,
Gde v shirokom chistom pole
Khorosho, kak v chudnom sne.
Tam tsvetut i klever pyshnyy,
I nevinnyy vasilyok,
Vechno shelest lyogkiy slyshno:
Kolos klonit… Put’ dalyok!
Yest’ odno lish’ v okeane,
Klonit lish’ odno travu…
Ty ne vidish’ tam v tumane,
Ya uvidel – I sorvu!
[There was only one flower,
I seek for the splendid vast,
I rush to the beautiful land,
Where, in a wide smooth meadow,
It’s as good as in a dream.
They’re blooming there: a pompous clover
And an innocent cornflower,
Forever, a rustle’s slightly heard:
The ears are bending… The path is long!
There is only one thing in the ocean,
Only one that bends the grass…
You don’t see it there, in the mist,
I’ve seen, and I’ll pick it up!
* The original poem has an epigraph taken from Russian poet V.A. Zhukovsky (displayed for informative purposes only).
1.The piece has a maestoso manner. It goes with the same mood and tempo from the beginning to the end. 2. It is meant for performance without any audible breathing breaks (i.e., the non-simultaneous breaths applied) except of the self-evident pauses at the end of composition. Otherwise, the very short breaths are possible at the end of the phrases. 3. The tenor part is constantly divisi to create additional harmonic colors, and should be treated with care in order not to dominate over other voices. 4. The bass part is better to sing by deep profundo-like voices.
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