Green - (2009)    

D. H. Lawrence

for high voice and piano


The sky was apple-green,
The sky was green wine held up in the sun,
The moon was a golden petal between.

She opened her eyes, and green
They shone, clear like flowers undone,
For the first time, now for the first time seen.

[ 2 pages, circa 2' 10" ]

D. H. Lawrence


The text from 1915 is sketch on colors as image, to capture a life event, that first awakening to beauty. Paul Verlaine's poem of the same name, Green, speaks to the beloved and the "eyes" which it mentions.



The two stanzas are set with two verses as found in the accompaniment, though the vocal line for the second is related only in the tonic major seven Klang to the first. Lyricism and the quietest of dynamics characterize the setting itself.



The score for Green 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.