The House of Dreams -
mezzo soprano and piano
built a little House of Dreams,
And fenced it all about,
But still I heard the Wind of Truth
That roared without.
I laid a fire of Memories
And sat before the glow,
But through the chinks and round the door
The wind would blow.
I left the House, for all the night
I heard the Wind of Truth; —
I followed where it seemed to lead
Through all my youth.
But when I sought the House of Dreams,
To creep within and die,
The Wind of Truth had levelled it,
And passed it by.
pages, circa 2' 15" ]
text was published in Teasdale's collection, Sonnets to Duse and other
poems, Boston: The Poet Lore Company, 1907.
four sets of four lines are handled in an AABA form, as the third set of
verses proves the movement away and return to the empty yet once comforting
dream. The fall from C to B within a general tonal domain of B minor -- per
the final cadence -- precludes a key signature for ease in reading,
especially the chromaticism as at measures 11 and thereafter. The B section
rises in text and tonal color to G sharp, before the setting's momentary
energy is again dissipated and the dream ends with the truth -- some dreams
are but dreams.
The score for
The House of Dreams is available as a free PDF download, though any
major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without
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The House of Dreams