From the choral cycle ‘Songs of Spring’, No.1.
Date of composing April 2014; May 2015 – revised; January 2016 – revised
Genre choral song for mixed chorus SATB a cappella
Level of difficulty advanced
Copyrights music: © 2014-2016 Natalia Pispini; lyrics: Walt Whitman’s poems from public domain (credit to www.gutenberg.org)
The song is in C major, Adagio. For the lyrics, ‘The First Dandelion’ poem by Walt Whitman from ‘The Leaves of Grass’ had been chosen:
Simple and fresh and fair from winter’s close emerging,
As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,
Forth from its sunny nook of shelter’d grass — innocent, golden, calm as the dawn,
The spring’s first dandelion shows its trustful face.
When I was composing this piece, I thought of simple and easy-to-listen music. The texture is quite transparent, with drops of motif imitations. The form is following the changes of the poetic lines and has ABCA1 scheme. The vocal ranges are: Soprano – D4 – F5, Alto – A-flat3 – G4, Tenor – E-flat3 – D-flat4, Bass – G2 – A3.
The pastoral character of this song better matches with light-colored voices. Prevailing low dynamics and slow Adagio tempo might constitute certain difficulties for a chorus. In this case, slightly changes toward louder volumes or/and faster tempos are possible.
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