Additional Information

Often I Sigh is written for a cappella SATB.

My inspiration is the opening 3 lines of the medieval English poem entitled ‘Wynter Wakeneth’, which is as follows:

Wynter Wakeneth al my care,

Nou this leves waxeth bare;

Ofte I sike ant mourne...

When hit cometh in my thought...

 

The modern English translation of the text is:

Winter awakens all my sorrow,

Now these leaves grow bare;

Often I sigh and mourn...

When I come to think...

 

After the opening 16 bars, the middle section alternates between 3 four beats and 2 four beats to the bar. A recapitulation of the opening theme returns to end the piece.

This is a companion piece to All My Sorrow for wind, horns and percussion. Both pieces may be performed together in either order.

 

Details

Year:
2020
Category:
Unaccomp. Choral
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Minutes:
3
Seconds:
10

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