Silver Wing

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Original Instrumentation: Orchestra and Chorus
Text: "A Bird Came Down a Walk" by Emily Dickinson (sung in English)
Duration: 4 min
Year: 2016

Performance History: First performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing by the International Schools Choral Music Society Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Robert Hasty, February 18, 2017. (Original title: "A Bird Came Down the Walk".)

Program Notes: "Silver Wing" is a fanciful setting of Emily Dickinson's poem "A Bird Came Down the Walk". It's a whimsical setting of an equally whimsical poem, whereby Dickinson humorously inflates the routine comings and goings of a small bird with an almost Homeric epic quality. Similarly the musical setting takes a simple hymn-like chorale, and launches it into the air, with noble horns and soaring strings.


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[Perc: GC, SusCym, Tri, Whip, Vibraslap, Crot, Xylo]
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SATB Divisi, Piano
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