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Winter Stars

By Rich Campbell

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Choir - other voicings, SSA a cappella Women's Choir - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Rich Campbell. 21st Century, Secular. Octavo. 8 pages. Published by Pay The Band Music (S0.23497).

Item Number: S0.23497

Text by Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). A pensive, reflective, universal coming of age theme; perhaps written with WW I in mind; it rings as true today with our current wars. The poem's optimism doesn't fully resonate until the last verse, indeed the last line. The music develops from the melody in the first verse, heard in sixths, in Em, around a pedal tone: the constancy of the heavens. The melody is heard again, but this time simultaneously inverted. When the stars are mentioned, we move from minor to major. In the 3rd verse, about the innocence of childhood, all voices move together into three-part harmony in major keys (with a subtle key shift in the third line). The last verse includes the lyric "All things are changed, save in the east.." It begins with all voices singing the inverted melody in harmony; it goes from E major, to G major, and concludes with the melody un-inverted, in E major.

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