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By Night

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for SSAA Chorus, Piano, and optional Violin, Cello, 3 Percussion

Poem by Harriet Prescott Spofford

Published with Elaine Hagenberg Music

By Night SSAA Hagenberg

Harriet Prescott Spofford’s poem “By Night” depicts a young woman who discovers a bold new world of thrilling beauty when she ventures beyond her familiar walls. A galloping accompaniment underscores this wild discovery, and a soaring wind motif in the vocal line rushes forth as if to take the viewer's breath away. A contrasting middle section pauses briefly to meditate on the "beauty born in its Maker's thought" before racing forward again, painting a cinematic scene of wonder and awe. An exhilarating piece to close your concert program!

Snow Capped Mountains

Deep in the tarn the mountain

    A mighty phantom gleamed,

She leaned out into the midnight,

    And the summer wind went by,

The scent of the rose

on its silken wing

    And a song its sigh.

And, in depths below, the waters

    Answered some mystic height,

As a star stooped out

of the depths above

    With its lance of light.


And she thought, in the dark

and the fragrance,

    How vast was the wonder wrought

If the sweet world

were but the beauty born

    In its Maker’s thought.

"Deep Peace" by Elaine Hagenberg
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