Alcott Songs (Soprano & Chamber Winds)

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Alcott Songs (Soprano & Chamber Winds)

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A song cycle for soprano and piano of six short pieces, with clever, playful texts by Louisa May Alcott. From the light, dance-like opening to the soft, dreamy lullaby at the close, these songs are organized to depict a carefree summer day.

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Printed Score Only: $45
Printed Score & Printed Parts: $199.99
Printed Score & Digital PDF Parts: $149.99
 

Details

Grade 5 – Soprano and Chamber Winds (Octet)
Year of Composition: 2014
Length: 12:00 

Instrumentation

Soprano
Flute
Oboe
2 Bassoons
2 Clarinets in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Contrabass Clarinet in Bb*

*A string bass may be substituted for the contrabass clarinet
 

Program Note

Witty and whimsical, this song cycle is comprised of six short pieces, with clever, playful texts by 19th century American poet Louisa May Alcott. From the light, dance-like opening to the soft, dreamy lullaby at the close, these songs are organized to depict a carefree summer day.
 

Consortium Members

Dr. Brenton F. Alston – Florida International University
Dr. Daniel Belongia – Illinois State University
Dr. Justin Davis – Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College
Mr. Duane Hill – Texas Tech University
Dr. John Oelrich – University of Tennessee at Martin
Dr. David Ragsdale – University of Alabama Huntsville
Dr. Catherine Rand – University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Jason Rinehart & Dr. Claire Vangelisti – University of Louisiana at Monroe
Dr. Mark Scatterday – Eastman School of Music
Mr. Timothy Shade – University of Miami
Dr. Mark Walker – Troy University
 

Texts

All poems by Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Lily-Bell and Thistledown Song I

Awake! Awake! for the earliest gleam
Of golden sunlight shines
On the rippling waves, that brightly flow
Beneath the flowering vines.
Awake! Awake! for the low, sweet chant
Of the wild-birds’ morning hymn
Comes floating by on the fragrant air,
Through the forest cool and dim;
Then spread each wing,
And work, and sing,
Through the long, bright sunny hours;
O’er the pleasant earth
We journey forth,
For a day among the flowers.

Hello! Hello!

‘Hello! hello!
Come down below,–
It’s lovely and cool
Out here in the pool;
On a lily-pad float
For a nice green boat.
Here we sit and sing
In a pleasant ring;
Or leap frog play,
In the jolliest way.
Our games have begun,
Come join in the fun.’

Dear Grif

‘Dear Grif, Here is a whiff
Of beautiful spring flowers;
The big red rose Is for your nose,
As toward the sky it towers.
‘Oh, do not frown
Upon this crown
Of green pinks and blue geranium
But think of me
When this you see,
And put it on your cranium.’

Here’s A Nut

‘Here’s a nut, there’s a nut;
Hide it quick away,
In a hole, under leaves,
To eat some winter day.
Acorns sweet are plenty,
We will have them all:
Skip and scamper lively
Till the last ones fall.’

Don’t Drive Me Away

‘Don’t drive me away,
But hear what I say:
Bad men want the gold;
They will steal it to-night,
And you must take flight;
So be quiet and busy and bold.’
‘Slip away with me,
And you will see
What a wise little thing am I;
For the road I show
No man can know,
Since it’s up in the pathless sky.’

Lullaby

Now the day is done,
Now the shepherd sun
Drives his white flocks from the sky;
Now the flowers rest
On their mother’s breast,
Hushed by her low lullaby.
Now ‘mid shadows deep
Falls blessed sleep,
Like dew from the summer sky;
And the whole earth dreams,
In the moon’s soft beams,
While night breathes a lullaby.