The Song of the Sea (from The Wound in the Water)
"The Song of the Sea" is from the large-scale work "The Wound in the Water" commissioned for the Opening Concert of St. Olav Festival, Trondheim, Norway (Olavsfestdagene) in 2016 and premiered by Conspirare, soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and conductor Craig Hella Johnson.
The woman singing here, powerful spirit, alive to the world around her, loving friend, insightful mother, has made the nearby sea a companion all her long life. Just as she would know if her children were in distress, she senses that the ocean waters are deeply wounded - as if all human beings are driven into exile by their alienation from, and damage of, the created world.
- Scoring: Solo soprano and piano
- Duration: 5 minutes
- Words: Euan Tait
- Year: 2016
- Licensing: Kim André Arnesen Music
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The score includes the piano accompaniment.
Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber;
Holy angels guard thy bed;
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently falling on thy head.
See the kindly shepherds round him,
Telling wonders from the sky!
When they sought Him, there they found Him,
With his Virgin-Mother by.
See the lovely babe a-dressing;
Lovely infant, how He smiled!
When He wept, the mother's blessing
Soothed and hushed the holy child.
Mayst thou live to know and fear Him,
Trust and love Him all thy days;
Then go dwell forever near Him,
See His face, and sing His praise!