Wind of Night - SATB Voices and Piano
For your Fall, Holiday, or Winter concerts! The text for Wind of Night is by Russian poet Fyodor Tyutchev. This incredible poem is deep and full of drama. The words provide a landscape of rich imagery. The chorus sets the mood of the piece with wind sounds, while the soaring accompaniment enhances the drama. The undulating arpeggiations paint a picture of the relentless rising and falling waves of wind. The vocal lines are robust and full-throated, while maintaining a sense of clarity so this powerful text can be more easily communicated to the listener. Allow yourself to be swept up in the chaotic sounds of a shadowy, frantic, frenzied, windy night.
Why moan, why wail you, wind of night,
With such despair, such frenzied madness?
Why is your voice now full of might,
Now piteous and tinged with sadness?
In tongue known to the heart, of pain
Unknown to it for ever chanting,
At times within it well-nigh frantic
Sounds you awaken and insane.
Sing not, O wind, your fearful song
Of chaos, for the hungry spirit,
Into night's world of shadows flung,
Exults in it and strains to hear it.
The bounds of mortal flesh 'twould fly
And merge with boundless ocean sweeping.
Take heed! Let slumbering tempests lie:
Beneath them chaos stirs unsleeping.