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Tonight I Dance Alone

By Marten Jansson

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Double SATB choir - Level 4
Composed by Marten Jansson (1965-). Stapled. Choral score. 31 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA08525. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA08525).

Item Number: BA.BA08525

ISBN 9790006566037. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: GB, Text Language: E. Text: Silvestri, Charles Anthony.

Tonight I Dance Alone for double choir a cappella is about three short scenes from the life of an old man. We meet him before his wedding, before the wedding day, and as a grizzled widower, who tells his grandson,

Soon we will dance in the God-light,
My love and I 'll
soon enjoy the moon again,
And the endless shining stars
in the hall of heaven.
Soon, my love, very soon;
But tonight, one last time,
Tonight I dance alone.

The text and the tonal music are deeply moving. They form an ideal connection. Tonight I Dance Alone is Marten Jansson's first collaboration with the well-known lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri. The piece is a great challenge for high performing choirs and ensembles.

The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, conducted by Philip Barnes, premiered the work on October 1, 2017 in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.

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