So beautie on the waters stood - (2011)
tenor and piano
beautie on the waters stood,
When Love had ser'd earth from floud,
So when he parted ayre from fire,
Hee did with Concord all inspire,
And then a motion hee them taught,
That elder than himselfe was thought,
Which thought was yet the childe of earth.
For love is elder than his birth.
pages, circa 2' 15" ]
succinct and lovely verse, a view of the creation story in which Love and
Concord stand as characters in the storytelling with the lesson that love
comes before man. The malaise of the modern world with its raging atheists
insulting religious peoples is that their being correct trumps Love, in the
capitalized word which Jonson writes. In the original Hebrew, the beginning
uses the same stem with which one might write of "head" and "thought," and
Jonson imagery shows us that thought which stood to be seen as beauty was
and remains Love.
setting is a simple, two verse form, a short introduction and coda to frame
the verses. At measure eight and beyond the left and right hands play
gestures separated by the twelfth, though the scheme is not wholly exact
throughout. In the softest dynamics, a sotto voce is marked to rise
to the top of the range, gently and peaceably.
The score for
So beautie on the waters stood 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.
So beautie on the waters stood