Morten Lauridsen - Mid-Winter Songs - 5. Intercession in Late October





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Published on Mar 16, 2010


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Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen is available in print from Opus Music Publishers, Inc., Evanston, Illinois, www opusmusic net.

Lauridsen / The Complete Choral Cycles, sung by Choral Cross-Ties and conducted by Bruce Browne, is ©Freshwater Records. FWCL 105-2

V. Intercession in Late October

How hard the year dies: no frost yet.
On drifts of yellow sand Midas reclines,
Fearless of moaning reed or sullen wave.
Firm and fragrant still the brambleberries.
On ivy-bloom butterflies wag.

Spare him a little longer, Crone,
For his clean hands and love-submissive heart.

This setting is dedicated to Donald Brinegar.
The Mid-Winter Songs on poems by Robert Graves was commissioned by the University of Southern California on the occasion of its centennial in 1980. It is dedicated to the U.S.C. Chamber Singers, conducted by Rodney Eichenberger, who gave the premiere performance on March 20, 1981. The orchestral score [2 (1 also Picc.) - 1 + E.H. - 1 + B. Cl. - 2, 2 - 1 - 1 - 0, Perc., Pno., Hp., Strings] and parts are available on rental from Peer-Southern, New York.

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