One track (Peter Bird)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-10)  CPDL #53237:         
Editor: Peter Bird (submitted 2019-02-10).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 135 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: One track
Composer: Peter Bird
Lyricist: Peter Bird

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChristmas (secular)

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2018
Description: This poem and this song are (metaphorically) about one of the great questions: Do we have free will? Or, are we always guided by those who went before? And what is our influence on those who come after? The setting is a snow-filled, bowl-shaped clearing in a quiet winter wood, and the diction is an open imitation of Robert Frost.

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Original text and translations

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Across this forest bowl of soft new snow
I’ll ski one track and then be gone
For I have just this day, and miles to go.

Perhaps the line I choose is not my own,
But set by woodland buffalo
And native hunters silent on their trail;
Or milk-cows filing to a barn. No matter.

Down I go. Tomorrow it may be
A highway for the hare, a bar
To foraging field-mouse tunnels; in the thaw

A line of broken straw and mud
Where Bluets’ bloom is late, or slow;
Perhaps in June the Queen Annes lace will show
A stripe, to make a traveler wonder.