I Thread the Stars

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB, piano 4 hands

"I Thread the Stars" is a piece about all that it means to be a person. We're never just one emotion - polite or angry or submissive or aggressive - it's always a combination of emotions. In this text singers get to say, out loud, all the things that it means to be a thinking, feeling, human being. It's about embracing the well-rounded soul inside us all. The 4-hand piano part paints a vibrant and beautiful landscape over which the singers get to be rhythmic, lyrical and passionate.

Perusal Score: 
Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
TCT - I Thread the Stars
Duration: 
6:00
Total Pages: 
20
Commissioned By: 
The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools for the Eden Prairie School District Secondary Choirs.
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
01/13/2014
Premiere Ensemble: 
Eden Prairie School District Secondary Choirs
Premiere Conductor: 
Julie Kanthak
Reviews: 

"Your music is inspired. I cannot be more satisfied with your artistic work. You gave SO much to these kids. Such depth. They get so excited to sing your quality work. I am forever in debt to you. Thank you."
- Julie Kanthak, conductor, Eden Prairie High School

Text
Text Author or Source: 
From “Amergin and Cessair,” Traditional; adapted by Michael Meade and Erica Helm Meade. Used with permission.
Language: 
English
Text: 

I am the flash of sun on water.
I am the clash of battle swords.
I am the teeth in the sea-shark’s mouth.
I am the blood of wild beasts.
I am the fire in the witch’s hearth.
I am the evening sky ablaze–
The red of serpents’ tongues,
The black of deepest night.
I am a mare that knows no reins.

I thread the stars across the sky.
I am the kiss of lovers’ lips.
I am the mortar and the stone.
I am the song of my homeland.
I am the wind on the sea
I am the bow of every ship.
I am the ocean waves.
I am the foam upon the sea.
I am a lake on a plain.
I am the green of the fairest hill.
I am dewdrop, a tear of the sun.
I am a lily on a still pond.
I am the heir of harmony.
I am a word of skill.
I am the silence of things secret.

I am the roar of the sea.
I am a bull of seven fights.
I am a hawk on a cliff.
I rove the hills, a ravening boar.
I am lightning that blasts the trees.
I am thunder on the mountains.
I am a God that fashions fire for a head.
I am a dragon that eats the sky.

I thread the stars across the sky.
I am the kiss of lovers’ lips.
I am the mortar and the stone.
I am the song of my homeland.