Loam - (2013)
mezzo soprano and piano
the loam we sleep,
In the cool moist loam,
To the lull of years that pass
And the break of stars,
From the loam, then,
The soft warm loam,
We rise: To shape of rose leaf,
Of face and shoulder.
We stand, then,
To a whiff of life,
Lifted to the silver of the sun
Over and out of the loam
pages, circa 2' 30"
text is found in Sandburg's collection, Cornhuskers (1918). For other
settings of his texts, click
After a short introduction, gentle, six-note chords underpin a simple
melody. Phrases repeat to clarify in the context of a poem as song lyric to
connect the ideas, as the poem-in-structure is in fact but two long
sentences. Sandburg suspends time in a manner of speaking for speaking of
our sleep before our rise, if only for "a day" in the sight of eternity
measured in "years that pass" and "the break of stars."
The score for
Loam is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial
performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement
with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.