Beauty Concealed (César Antonovich Cui)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-16)  CPDL #25983:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2012-04-16).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Score originally had a piano reduction which has been removed from this edition.

General Information

Title: Beauty Concealed
Composer: César Antonovich Cui

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1901
Description: No. 3 from Seven Vocal Quartets Op. 59 originally published by Breitkopf and Hartel

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Original text and translations

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Where enwrapp'd in sleep the forest sighs,
There a mute, untrodden valley lies,
Spellbound by the tempest's pow'rs,
and lost 'mid dark woods.

There the ranks of gnarled willows grow,
By the margin of a sluggish stream,
There the pallid lilies bloom and dream,
Where the silent, winding waters flow.

There the stunted silver birches stand,
Scatter'd o'er the wild and marshy heath,
Yonder, shutting in the lonely land,
spreads a forest, dark and sad as death,

But such spots bear no message to the soul that's lost in care;
Only Nature's true adept may guess
All their strange and secret loveliness,