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A birthday / Vaughan McAlley ; words by Christina Rossetti
by Vaughan McAlley (2010)
A Birthday was composed for the wedding of my friends Kate McBride and Tom Reid. The poetry by Christina Rosetti (1830-1894) joyfully depicts the potential of new (and of not-so-new) love:
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
The poetry is very sensuous, and I have tried to depict this in the music.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (6p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Requires good tuning
Duration: 3 min.
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Just intonation, madrigal, renaissance.
This edition produced 16 Sep 19.
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