Composer:   Stephen Chatman
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Galaxy Music
Edition:   EC.7.0582
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   a cappella


Rick Kvam
Choral Arts Ensemble
R&R Chair Community Choirs

This is an intimate setting so perfectly suited to the text by Sara Teasdale. The composer has written without bar lines, encouraging phrasing by word stress alone, like chant, and demanding subtle shaping at every moment.

A dramatic, even passionate, reading of the text would be a nice introduction. Make it a competition?—could be fun. The piece begs to be memorized, allowing the choir to fully follow your gestures for moment-by-moment changes in dynamics, timbre, and tempo.