The Old Man in the Snow


The Old Man in the Snow
  • For SATB Chorus and Orchestra
  • Duration: 7:40
  • Poem by Gordon Getty

Orchestration: oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets in Bb, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, 3 percussion, harp, keyboard (celesta, piano), strings
Perusal score and text available upon request

As of December 2023, this is my most recent poem. It seems that I write verse much less easily than music. It comes fast when once it gets started, but somehow has to build up first from seeds inside. Here the seeds were the phrases “she is the child of beauty,” “she is the child of sorrow,” and “O beauty broken.” They had been with me for a couple of years, I think, in search of a context, when I finally sat down to write the poem on Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

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