Eric Whitacre: Three Flower Songs (SATB)

Books | SATB

Publisher: Chester Music
Composer: Eric Whitacre
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

Written early in Whitacre's career whilst at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Arranged for SATB choir, includes a Piano line for rehearsal purposes.

I Hide Myself
Just a simple song, really. All of the musical suggestions come from a careful study of the poem, a quiet, passionate soul occasionally speaking a little bolder than the age will allow. She loves almost to the point of distraction, and this mood must prevail in the performance: shy and sullen, her passion surging to the surface only to sink back into the silence that is herself.

Go, Lovely Rose
The piece is structured around the cyclical life of a rose, and is connection throughout by the opening 'rose motif', a seed that begins on the tonic and grows in all directions before it blossoms, dies and grows again. Each season is represented: spring begins the piece, summer appears at bar 13, autumn at bar 26, winter at bar 39 with spring returning at bar 49. The form is based on the Fibonacci sequence (the pattern found in plant and animal cell divisions) - its fifty five bars are a perfect Fibonacci number. The Golden Mean appears at bar 34 as all parts are reunited to complete the flower before its final blossom and inevitable cycle of death and rebirth.

Each performance should be approached with a child-like innocence and naivety that allows us to marvel at the return of the rose each spring. The szforzandos throughout must be light and gentle.

With A Lily In Your Hand
Water and Fire. If the performance of this piece connects these contrasting elemental ideas, its success is guaranteed. Water: At bar 30, this ostinato should be fluid and gentle, only interrupted at bar 32 as the butterflies momentarily spring out of the texture; bars 35-38 the water should slowly transform back to fire. Bar 44 should be tiny bell-tones motivating the next nine bars, another patient, sensuous transformation back to fire. Fire: Everything else.

Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 15 March 2010
No of pages: 20
Language: English
Catalogue No: CH75427
 
     
       

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