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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Snow (2010)
Commissioned by the audience of Music in the Village, Walthamstow
Text Writer
Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918)
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
2010
Duration
4 Minutes
Language
English
Soloist
Soprano
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Snow (2010)
On Receiving News of the War

Snow is a strange white word.
No ice or frost
Has asked of bud or bird
For Winter's cost.

Yet ice and frost and snow
From earth to sky
This Summer land doth know.
No man knows why.

In all men's hearts it is.
Some spirit old
Hath turned with malign kiss
Our lives to mould.

Red fangs have torn His face.
God's blood is shed.
He mourns from His lone place
His children dead.

O! ancient crimson curse!
Corrode, consume.
Give back this universe
Its pristine bloom.

Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), published 1922

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