Attired with Stars is written for choir and audience. The audience is taught a simple repeating line before the performance of the piece begins, and is brought in by the conductor after the solo Alto sings the line once.
The piece was written for performance by Reverie Choir at Holy Trinity Sloane Square, but can be adapted to any concert situation.
Extracts from On Time by John Milton and A Little Bird by Aleksandr Pushkin (trans. Louisa Long)
(Attired with stars we shall forever sit)
In alien lands I keep the body
of ancient native rights of earth:
I let a captive bird go winging
to meet the radiant spring's rebirth.
Then all this earthly grossness quit:
Fly, envious time, till thou run out thy race!
Attired with stars we shall forever sit,
Triumphing over Death, and Chance and thee, O Time