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Cradle Song (SATB + Piano)

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By Russell Ronnebaum

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Choral Choir (SATB) - Level 4 - Digital Download
Composed by Russell Ronnebaum. Contemporary. Octavo. 11 pages. Russell Ronnebaum #2912079. Published by Russell Ronnebaum (A0.761463).

Item Number: A0.761463

"Cradle Song" for SATB Choir and Piano
Words by: William Blake
Music by: Russell Ronnebaum

About the piece:

William Blake’s serene language inspired thisdramatic setting of his poem "Cradle Song"The piece opens with a constantlydescending scale as a mother sings to her sleeping child.  As more voices are layered in, the texturebecomes increasingly lush, but still soothing. 

 The third stanza of text is marked with peacefulharp-like figures (as thy softest limbs Ifeel) while the voices take over the calming decent into deeper, morepeaceful sleep.  The mother’s concernsuddenly changes as the descending scale transforms and (the cunning wiles that creep) set in.

Anticipation of escaping the terror of potential nightmaresescalates as the ascending textures grow more tense and dissonant.  The tension finally peaks with a breathlesssilence before resolving with (then thedreadful night shall break).

The final phrase of the piece is a slightlytransformed iteration of the opening vocal phrase and is a subtle nod toJohannes Brahms’ "Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, Gute Nacht", more commonlyknown as Brahms’ "Lullaby".

"Cradle Song" was commissioned by Rincon/University High School Concert Choir in Tucson, Arizona; Directed by Mareena Boosamra.

This product was created by a member of ArrangeMe, Hal Leonard’s global self-publishing community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. ArrangeMe allows for the publication of unique arrangements of both popular titles and original compositions from a wide variety of voices and backgrounds.

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