Category: COMMUNITY CHOIRS
Composer: Stephen Chatman
Publisher: Galaxy Music
Setting: a cappella
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.