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The Snow Man | STACY GARROP

STACY GARROP

a composer with a story to tell

a composer with a story to tell

The Snow Man




AUDIO
Performed by Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano, and Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

DURATION
4'15"

POET
Wallace Stevens

INSTRUMENTATION
Voice with piano

YEAR COMPOSED
2010

RESTRICTIONS
This piece is in public domain in the United States and can be purchased and performed without restrictions.
For all other countries, the piece will be available for purchase and/or performance in 2025.

ORDERING SCORES
Inkjar Publishing Company
$10 PDF
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TEXT
One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
  • HELIOS • 4’30” • 2 tpts/flugelhorns, hn, tbn, tba

    AUDIO
    Gaudete Brass Quintet

    YEAR COMPOSED
    2011

    COMMISSIONER
    Gaudete Brass Quintet

    ORDERING SCORES
    Theodore Presser Company
    https://www.presser.com/114-41587-helios.html

    PROGRAM NOTES
    In Greek mythology, Helios was the god of the sun. His head wreathed in light, he daily drove a chariot drawn by four horses (in some tales, the horses are winged; in others, they are made of fire) across the sky. At the end of each day’s journey, he slept in a golden boat that carried him on the Okeanos River (a fresh water stream that encircled the flat earth) back to his rising place. The cyclic journey of Helios is depicted in this short work for brass quintet. The first half is fast-paced and very energetic, while the second half is slow and serene, representing day and night.
    -S.G.