Program Notes: Stars

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Leading up to the concerts this weekend, we will be publishing some “Program Notes” by the choir’s director, Ralph B. Woodward, about pieces you will hear :

Stars (verse, Sara Teasdale) by R. Woodward
The poem conveys in simple, vivid terms the wonder and reverence elicited by being outdoors witnessing the infinite majesty of the heavens. The music uses in great measure the ethereal, openness of the whole-tone scale (in similar fashion to that heard in some of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”).  Despite the other-worldly sounds of the song, our young singers really respond to its evocative effect and message.
Alone at night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;

Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
That aeons
Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Witness
Of so much majesty.

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