The Year - (2013)
soprano and piano
A storm of white petals,
Buds throwing open baby fists
Into hands of broad flowers.
Red roses running upward,
Clambering to the clutches of life
Soaked in crimson.
Rabbles of tattered leaves
Holding golden flimsy hopes
Against the tramplings
Into the pits and gullies.
Hoarfrost and silence:
Only the muffling
Of winds dark and lonesome--
Great lullabies to the long sleepers.
pages, circa 3' 10"
text is found in Sandburg's collection, Cornhuskers (1918). For other
settings of Sandburg's texts, click
Imagery from the changing seasons in flowers and wind and chill. The vocal
range moves in sometimes wide leaps as a filigree of accompaniment gestures
shifts from color to color with the seasons.
The score for
The Year 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