Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Composer
Jonathan David
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1965
Text
Alfred Tennyson
Year Composed
2004
Minutes
5
Difficulty
3 (Advanced high school collegiate or community chorus)
Language
English
Voicing
8 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Extended Techniques
No
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Description

For this setting of one of Tennyson’s Songs from The Princess, I’ve tried to capture the lush, drowsy atmosphere and quiet ecstasy of this poem of lovers waking while all else sleeps. Harmonies are rich and tonal. The slow, dancing feel must be internalized to convey the appropriate mood.

Group
C4
Performances
C4 Chamber Chorus: 2007 Jan 26 (Confessions), cond. McCoy; C4: 2011 Nov 17 & 19 (Ecstatic), cond. Andor-Ardó