Snowflakes is a truly breathtaking piece! Longfellow's simple, yet profound, poetry finds in this setting magnificent expression through lush harmonies, beautiful lines, and a seamless melding of text and music. A winter concert favorite!
This piece was premiered by the Brigham Young University Singers in 2004. Since its publishing by Walton Music, Snowflakeshas received many performances across America and has been very warmly received by audiences.
Suitable for University and advanced High School mixed choirs.
- SATB divisi, Unaccompanied
- Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Level: - Advanced
- Duration: ~5:20
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Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-fold of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.
Even as our cloudy fancies take
Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession,
The troubled sky reveals
The grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
Now whispered and revealed
To wood and field.