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CoverBirds of Hope [level: Medium]
Kevin Nicoletti: Bio and other works
voicing: SSA | catalog number: SBMP 1316 | duration: 4:10 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: piano

The Ella Wheeler Wilcox poem suggests the bird of hope not “soar too high or sing too loud.” Taking heed, the composer created much downward movement in the piano accompaniment, while allowing the singers to take some risks, both high and somewhat loud. This charming piece offers great melodic interest in the vocal lines.

Farmington Knightingales - Kevin Nicoletti, conductor [© all rights reserved]

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CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem
Soar not too high, O bird of Hope!
Because the skies are fair;
The tempest may come on apace
And overcome thee there.

When far above the mountain tops
Thou soarest, over all –
If, then, the storm should press thee back,
How great would be thy fall!

And thou wouldst lie here at my feet,
A poor and lifeless thing, –
A torn and bleeding birdling,
With limp and broken wing.

Sing not too loud, O bird of Hope!
Because the day is bright;
The sunshine cannot always last –
The morn precedes the night.

And if thy song is of the day,
Then when the day grows dim,
Forlorn and voiceless thou wouldst sit
Among the shadows grim.

Oh! I would have thee soar and sing,
But not too high, or loud,
Remembering that day meets night –
The brilliant sun the cloud.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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