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By Night

Discussion Guide

I am pleased to offer free resources to serve choirs as we continue to seek ways to enhance our choral rehearsals. I hope these discussion guides will be of assistance and add meaningful dialogue in your ensembles!

By Night Discussion Guide
By Night 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 for your choir to close your concert program!

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