SSA, piano & optional flute
Lyrics: Charles Anthony Silvestri
Seasons is my first piece for children’s choir (although it’s suitable for SSA groups of any level), with lyrics written by my frequent collaborator, poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. I dreamed of a text in four stanzas that was timeless and could be performed any time of year, so a poem about the unfoldment and yearning of each of the four seasons felt like the perfect match. Tony then wrote his usual beautiful, evocative words, which ended up forming the basis and inspiration for this piece:
Bright the sun in bluest shining;
Summer spreads in valleys greenly.
Lovers sing their new-found pining;
Time itself slows down to greet me.
Autumn air comes crisp and blowing
Leaves from green to golden turning;
Hearts all full, and eyes all glowing
Gather round the hearth-fire burning.
Night grows longer, darkness deeper,
Cold winds howl when comes the Winter;
White of snow by moonlight tempered,
Bearing hope for Spring to enter.
Flowers bloom with showers falling,
All the world reveals its yearning;
Nature sings–I hear her calling:
Round and round the seasons turning.