Across the Vast, Eternal Sky

SATB, piano, string quartet
Lyrics: Charles Anthony Silvestri
Language: English
Duration: 4:30
Publisher: Walton Music

 
 

When Ola first approached me about a text for this piece we discussed several premises, including beginning with the last line of a previous collaboration, Tundra. ┬áThe line, “Across the vast, eternal sky,” was the starting point of a discussion which eventually came around to the idea of a phoenix, a twist on the theme of rebirth (and the subject of other collaborations with Ola). ┬áThe legend of the firebird offered creative opportunities to explore the themes of spiritual growth and renewal.

 

– Charles Anthony Silvestri

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Sunlight shines on my face;
This is my grace, to be
Restored, born again,
In flame.

 

When I was young I flew in the velvet night;
Shining by day, a firebird bathed in light!
Grey now my feathers, which once were red and gold;
My destiny to soar up to the sun

 

Sunlight shines on my face;
This is my grace, to be
Restored, born again,
In flame.

 

Do not despair that I am gone away;
I will appear again
When the sunset paints
Flames across the vast, eternal sky.