The Blue Bird (Charles Villiers Stanford)
- Editor: Harry Boulton (submitted 2017-07-22). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 199 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
- Editor: Paul Hayward (submitted 2016-11-13). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 77 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: For SSATB in G Major
- Editor: Drew Collins (submitted 2004-09-17). Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 83 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Previously hosted on external site. Uploaded to CPDL server 2008-03-06.
- Editor: John D. Smith (submitted 2004-02-20). Score information: 40.8 x 57.8 cm, 4 pages, 106 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Scores listed alphabetically by composer. All scores available in Scorch format, some are also available as PDF files.
- Editor: Ted Dean (submitted 2004-01-15). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 29 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: transposed up a half step, and alto parts placed on separate staves.
- Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2003-10-02). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 108 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
- Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-02-03). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 192 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score., (revised 3/9/03, error in piano part) MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Published: 1910 - London: Stainer and Bell
Description: Some of the editions on this page are scored for SAATB, and some for Soprano solo and SATB where the sopranos take the 1st alto part and the altos take the second alto part. Any enlightenment as to how Stanford intended the work to be performed would be welcomed on the discussion page.
Original text and translations
The lake lay blue below the hill.
O'er it, as I looked, there flew
Across the waters, cold and still,
A bird whose wings were palest blue.
The sky above was blue at last,
The sky beneath me blue in blue.
A moment, ere the bird had passed,
It caught his image as he flew.
Poetic translation released under the CPDL license by Jan-Frerk Burmester.
The translator would appreciate feedback if you use his translations - please email: jf.burmester(a)web.de
Der See bei dem Hügel war schimmerndes Blau;
Darüber zog friedlich auf luftiger Spur,
weit über die Wasser, die ruhig und flau,
ein Vogel mit Flügeln so blau wie Azur.
Der Himmel darüber war blaues Gewand,
der Himmel darunter blau-spiegelnder Schein;
Für einen Moment, eh' der Vogel entschwand,
fing kurz dessen Abbild im Fluge er ein.