Marvellous Error

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
Unison chorus and TBB semi-chorus a capella

The text of Marvellous Error is an Antonio Machado poem translated by Robert Bly. The piece plays with the idea of wakefulness and dreaming, what is true and what is fantasy, and the suggestion that perhaps what is in our dreams may be our reality as well.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
HP04-17
Duration: 
3:00
Total Pages: 
5
Commissioned By: 
Cantus
Premiere
Premiere Ensemble: 
Camp Cantus Choir
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Antonio Machado (trans. Robert Bly)
Language: 
English
Text: 

Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt - marvellous error! -
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt - marvellous error! -
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt - marvellous error! -
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night, as I slept,
I dreamt - marvellous error! -
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.