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CoverStars Above the Hill, The [level: Medium]
David Dickau: Bio and other works | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 953 | duration: 4:30 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: piano

Set to a poem by Canada’s beloved poet Bliss Carman, the text celebrates the beauty of nature, and the immense impact of a star-lit sky, quietly, but profoundly suggesting “how small a thing is man.” A beautiful, elegant piece.

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When all the stars are sown
Across the night-blue space,
With the immense unknown,
In silence face to face.
We stand in speechless awe
While Beauty marches by,
And wonder at the Law
Which wears such majesty.
How small a thing is man
In all that world-sown vast,
That he should hope or plan
Or dream his dream could last!
O doubter of the light,
Confused by fear and wrong,
Lean on the heart of night
And let love make thee strong!
The Good that is the True
Is clothed with Beauty still.
Lo, in their tent of blue,
The stars above the hill!

by Bliss Carman

The Chamber Singers, Buffalo High School, Buffalo, MN., Michael Walsh, director [© all rights reserved]
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"Profound.To experience this first live would have been incredibly moving. Strong. (What follows Is not a review, but reflection): This choice text moves me to savor, the deep as it gets truth, of how beauty, love, faith, wonder, --- can bring one home to that present place of transcendent experience, where swirled in with the reality of pain, loneliness, fear, -- (a lost in space place!?), one can reaffirm, or receive reaffirmation that good, joy, awe, mystery, sense are just as real, and supreme and ultimate foundations, for microscopic us, to claim and solidify in faith, and grace. -?-! ("May the words of my mouth and the meditations..)."
review by: Mark Schneider, Minneapolis, MN - Magnum Chorum

Featured on the following reading sessions
2016 | Mississippi ACDA Summer Worship
2013 | CSU Choral Workshop July 9-12
2011 | Univ of Mich Symposium in July
2011 | Rodney Eichenberger Choral Conducting Workshop