winter songs

SSA, violin & Piano   |   5'   |   Boosey & Hawkes  |   Text: Annie Finch

Frozen In evokes the chilly stillness of a placid winter evening walk and sets an evocative text by poet Annie Finch. This piece was commissioned by women’s chorus Voix d’Esprit (Gary Seighman, director) of Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.

SATB a cappella   |   3'   |   Graphite   |   Text: Barbara Crooker

Completing the Circle sets a text by Barbara Crooker: "Gathering branches / of green pine / in the dead of the year, / making rings of fire / in wax and wood, / completing the circle / with calls and cards, / wreathing the children / in cinnamon and chocolate, / stringing berries and corn, / stringing memories, / quilting them tightly, / in winter, / with the days of grey / and iron nights."

SATB a cappella   |   6'   |   G. Schirmer   |   Text: Robert Bode

In the Silence offers a musical interpretation of the sensation of looking up at falling snow. This piece sets a simple text by Robert Bode: "Give me this life, / Give me this life, too: / That I may hear you, blessed world, /

That I may hear your secret life; / That I may hear the snow as it nears, /

That I may hear the snow as it kisses the earth."

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