She Tells Her Love
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"She Tells Her Love" Single Movement Live Performance
"The Undying Hymns" Full Live Performance
Voicing - SATB Chorus, a cappella
Level - Easy
Language - English
Duration - 2:30
Category - Secular, Love, Nature, Spring, Winter, Snow
She Tells Her Love is the third and final movement from a set of three short, a cappella choral pieces entitled The Undying Hymns. The text of each the movement deals with subjects of beauty and love, painting vivid and imaginative scenes of love and portraying them as immortal and untouched by time. This particular text comes from Robert Ranke Graves' poem, "She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep".
This movement opens with short phrases imitating the slow breathing and sighs of someone half asleep. The range of the piece rests low in each voice as they sing with soft, muted tones. As the piece nears the end, the music finally begins to bloom as the imagery of an emerging Spring begins to bud through the Winter snow.
By Robert Ranke Graves
She tells her love while half asleep,
In the dark hours,
With half-words whispered low:
As earth stirs in her winter sleep
And puts out grass and flowers
Despite the snow,
Despite the falling snow.