What We Sing (Barbara Rosen)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-23)  CPDL #56731:         
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-01-23).   Score information: Unknown   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In bar 14, soprano, change the two 16ths to four 32nds, C-B-A-D

General Information

Title: What We Sing
Composer: Barbara Rosen
Lyricist: Barbara Rosen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Composed: 2004
Description:  A meditation on the Renaissance Street Singers

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Original text and translations

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Lucid as sunlight,
Swift as running water, wild!
Wild like the architecture of a tree
which grows that way because it must,
Its ravelled branches balanced
In perfect harmony of form.
More like wolf song than like bird song,
Like an antheap than a honeycomb,
It carves its way like a river in spate.
It seeps into the brain and changes it,
connecting neurons and linking synapses.
And its fruits are instruction, healing,
tranquillity and delight.