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Darkness | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

Darkness



VIDEO
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Alltop, conductor
Soloist: Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano

DURATION
4’

POET
Lord Byron

INSTRUMENTATION
Voice with piano

YEAR COMPOSED
2014

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Terra Nostra

COMMISSIONER

Commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Society and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
as part of
Terra Nostra (oratorio).

ORDERING SCORES
Theodore Presser Company
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TEXT

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,
The palaces of crowned kings—
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,
And men were gather'd round
To look once more into each other's face;
A fearful hope was all the world contain'd;
Forests were set on fire—but hour by hour
They fell and faded—and the crackling trunks
Extinguish'd with a crash—and all was black.