Northwest windsong (Peter Bird)

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  • CPDL #25246:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Peter Bird (submitted 2011-12-30).   Score information: Letter, 19 pages, 202 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Poem text and piano part both follow the score in the single PDF file. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Northwest windsong
Composer: Peter Bird

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2011

Description: The text is a new poem about the wild beauty of the rocky coast which stretches from central California north to Alaska. Length 5 minutes.

External websites: http://peterbird.name/choral/

Original text and translations

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Rain-coast out of time,
washed by wild water and wind.
Unsleeping watchmen
cypress cling to broken rock;
seal floats along with the tide.

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Grey is the wind and the rain lashing by.

Road ends at this sign.
Find your own way to go on.
Follow the sea spray
from the bay to open swell,
boat growing smaller each mile.

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Great is the wind and the rain lashing by.

Eagle in the sky
wheels in the arms of the wind:
master of chaos.
Orcas lead and follow us:
power of muscle and mind.

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Great is the ocean of wind rushing by.

Still fog after dawn
whispered that nothing is real.
One island, three trees.
Then a squall that lifts the veil:
Roaring, the world is renewed!

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Great is the spirit of wind rushing by.