Snow Song (Michael Winikoff)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-01)  CPDL #41299:     
Editor: Michael Winikoff (submitted 2016-10-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 187 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Snow Song
Composer: Michael Winikoff
Lyricist: Sara Teasdale

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2016
Description: Back in August, after a snow day, my son asked “why don’t you write a piece about snow?”. So here it is!

The text, by American poet Sara Teasdale evokes light, flight, and a certain whimsical longing, which I’ve attempted to capture in a setting that has a light texture, and frequent subtle harmonic shifts.

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Original text and translations

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Fairy snow, fairy snow,
Blowing, blowing everywhere,
Would that I
Too, could fly
Lightly, lightly through the air.

Like a wee, crystal star
I should drift, I should blow
Near, more near,
To my dear
Where he comes through the snow.

I should fly to my love
Like a flake in the storm,
I should die,
I should die,
On his lips that are warm.