Dazzle of Day

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB chorus (div); S, A, T soloists; guitar

Pablo Neruda's poem, "Deslumbra el dia" (Dazzle of Day), finds beauty in simple things like smells and sounds in the air, drying clothes in the wind, and taking a breath. I wanted to capture its joy in my music. The idea of a continuously moving, shimmering color became the structural core of the piece. The color begins subtly in the tenors as the words unfold in the foreground. The color weaves in and out of the text, remaining in the background until the very end when all voices join in, as it becomes a huge, wordless expression of joy.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
HP04-02
Duration: 
6:15
Total Pages: 
40
Commissioned By: 
The Dale Warland Singers
Premiere
Premiere Ensemble: 
The Dale Warland Singers
Premiere Conductor: 
Dale Warland
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Pablo Neruda (trans. Alastair Reid)
Language: 
English
Text: 

Enough now of the wet eyes of winter.
Not another single tear.
Hour by hour now, green is beginning,
the essential season, leaf by leaf,
until in spring's name, we are summoned
to take part in joy.

How wonderful, its eternal all-ness,
new air, the promise of flower,
the full moon leaving its calling card in the foliage,
men and women trailing back from the beach
with a wet basket
of shifting silver.

Like love, like a medal,
I take in,
take in
south, north, violins,
dogs,
lemons, clay,
newly liberated air.
I take in machines smelling of mystery,
my storm colored shopping,
everything I need:
orange blossom, string,
grapes like topaz,
the smell of waves.
I gather up,
endlessly,
painlessly,
I breathe.

I dry my clothes in the wind,
and open my heart.
The sky falls
and falls.
From my glass
I drink
pure joy.

"Dazzle of Day" from ISLA NEGRA by Pable Neruda, translated by Alastair Reid. Translation copyright 1981 by Alastair Reid. Used by arrangement with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. All rights reserved.