There is a solemn wind tonight -
for mezzo soprano and piano
There is a solemn
That sings of solemn rain;
The trees that have been quiet so long
Flutter and start again.
The slender trees, the heavy trees,
The fruit trees laden and proud,
Lift up their branches to the wind
That cries to them so loud.
The little bushes and the plants
Bow to the solemn sound,
And every tiniest blade of grass
Shakes on the quiet ground.
pages, circa 1' 45"
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)
A poet from
Wellington, New Zealand, supplies the text for this short song, with its
dedication to another born in Wellington, New Zealand. A solemn wind, one
among the many, from Dorian blew across Mount Pleasant and the surrounding
area, one mentions. For a Kiwi and a Brit now in the states, such solemn
wind is among the many rich experiences of life and living.
An opening gesture
rushes along for a moment, as a single harmony lingering across measures.
Each repetition brings a shorter version, with strophic episodes, each
rooted in a different tonal region.
The score 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 art song score.
There is a solemn wind tonight
8 1/2 x 11 edition