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CoverThere was a time [level: Medium]
Eric William Barnum: Bio and other works | Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series
voicing: SATB div. / sop. solo / incidental tenor solo | catalog number: SBMP 770 | duration: 3:55 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: a cappella

Like a fine artist, the composer paints a beautiful picture of this text by Wordsworth. Conservative ranges, and very little divisi put this piece within the reach of most choirs. The soprano solo adds interest to the piece, and it too, is conservative in its range; the 5-bar incidental tenor solo is at the octave with the soprano soloist. As the Wordsworth text suggests, “sing a joyous song!”

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CLICK HERE: Read the text
There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;—
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.
The Rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the Rose;
The Moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare;
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where’er I go,
That there hath pass’d away a glory from the earth.
Then sing, ye Birds, sing, sing a joyous song!
And let the young Lambs bound
As to the tabor’s sound!
We in thought will join your throng,
Ye that pipe and ye that play,
Ye that through your hearts to-day
Feel the gladness of the May!

Ode 536: William Wordsworth, English, 1770-1850
Intimations of Immortality
from Recollectio

Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, MN, Michael Culloton, conductor [© all rights reserved]
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