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"Tyger"

for SA choir and piano
Text by William Blake

Commissioned by the 2017 American Choral Directors Association Women's Choir Consortium.


Published by Elaine Hagenberg Music.

Available for purchase and distributed by Beckenhorst Press.


This fiery setting of William Blake’s "The Tyger" is sure to be a thrilling piece for your SA choir! Energetic mixed meter combined with an active piano accompaniment create exciting moments to hear the tiger growl and pounce. Consider programming as a companion piece with Elaine’s setting of Blake’s “The Lamb."



Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?


In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?


What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!


When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?


Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?