Mountain stars (Peter Bird)

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  • (Posted 2008-05-18)  CPDL #16947:      (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Peter Bird (submitted 2008-05-18).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 144 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright © 2008 by George Peter Bird. This edition may be freely distributed, duplicated, performed, and recorded.

General Information

Title: Mountain stars
Composer: Peter Bird

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAA, sometimes divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2008
Description: A madrigal in the style of a Renaissance dance, describing the experience of first seeing all the stars from high up in the mountains on a crisp moonless night. Length 4 minutes.

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Original text and translations

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Animals of the night,
in fur or feather barely warm,
live with stars in constant sight
and swim in silver light.

Humans of the swarm
rarely wander in the dark,
until within some mountain park
they meet primeval charm:

Beauty infinite and stark;
beginning and the end of time;
all mass and energy in rhyme;
invitation to embark.

Lying gazing, flying, blazing.
Up is down and night is day.
See the Earth behind you turning.
Throw your little self away.

Peter Bird (2008)