When Music Sounds
A new setting of the powerful Walter de la Mare text: "When music sounds... all that I was I am." Accessible to your advanced mixed ensemble, this powerful and majestic piece would be perfect for a "music-themed" concert, for your choral festival performance, or any concert throughout the year.
Concert Recording Available Below
- Voicing: SATB divisi ensemble
- Instrumentation: piano accompaniment
- Text Author: Walter de la Mare
- Duration: 5:40 minutes
- Publisher: Mysterium Music
by Walter de la Mare
When music sounds, gone is the earth I know,
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow;
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies.
When music sounds, out of the water rise
Naiads whose beauty dims my waking eyes,
Rapt in strange dreams burns each enchanted face,
With solemn echoing stirs their dwelling-place.
When music sounds, all that I was I am
Ere to this haunt of brooding dust I came;
And from Time's woods break into distant song
The swift-winged hours, as I hasten along.