Love's Philosophy
4-Part - Digital Sheet Music

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Composed by R. Christopher Teichler. 20th Century,Contemporary,Holiday,Love,Wedding. Octavo. 10 pages. R.T. Legacy #3636895. Published by R.T. Legacy (A0.890329).

Commissioned by the MidCities Chamber Singers, D.J. Bulls, conductor.

Text by Percy Bysshe Shelley:

The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
   With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
   All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
   Why not I with thine?-

See the mountains kiss high heaven
   And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
   If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
   And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
   If thou kiss not me?

Reading the text suggested so many musical ideas, especially in terms of harmony and texture. The duple vs. triple piano accompaniment helps set a nebulous rhythmic feel without taking away a clear sense of pulse, suggesting the idea of being swept up in the feelings of love. The harmonies are rich and lush, which follows the rich imagery of the poetry. From the beginning of the piece, there is a continual move towards harmonic resolution, which never really arrives until the final measures of the piece, and then, only briefly.

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