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A Night-Piece for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano after Wordsworth

By Richard St. Clair

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Piano Accompaniment, Soprano Voice - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Richard St. Clair. Post-Romantic. Score. 9 pages. Published by Richard St. Clair (S0.188729).

Item Number: S0.188729

A modern-day romantic style setting of William Wordsworth's 1798 poem, "A Night-Piece" for mezzo-soprano with piano accompaniment. Duration about 5 minutes. The style is mostly tonal but with some nontraditional harmonies. The attached MP3 Audio Clip is computer-generated.



by William Wordsworth
                THE sky is overcast      With a continuous cloud of texture close,      Heavy and wan, all whitened by the Moon,      Which through that veil is indistinctly seen,      A dull, contracted circle, yielding light      So feebly spread, that not a shadow falls,      Chequering the ground--from rock, plant, tree, or tower.      At length a pleasant instantaneous gleam      Startles the pensive traveller while he treads      His lonesome path, with unobserving eye                         10      Bent earthwards; he looks up--the clouds are split      Asunder,--and above his head he sees      The clear Moon, and the glory of the heavens.      There, in a black-blue vault she sails along,      Followed by multitudes of stars, that, small      And sharp, and bright, along the dark abyss      Drive as she drives: how fast they wheel away,      Yet vanish not!--the wind is in the tree,      But they are silent;--still they roll along      Immeasurably distant; and the vault,                            20      Built round by those white clouds, enormous clouds,      Still deepens its unfathomable depth.      At length the Vision closes; and the mind,      Not undisturbed by the delight it feels,      Which slowly settles into peaceful calm,      Is left to muse upon the solemn scene.                                              1798.

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