You Dream in Beauty
for mezzo-soprano, tenor, guitar, piano, violin, and cello

Composition Date: 2018
Duration: 00:06:00
Genre: Two Voices, With Chamber Ensemble, , Keyboard / Plectral String / String Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Tenor
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
"You Dream in Beauty" was selected as the winning proposal for a new piece, in a composition contest sponsored by Erato Ensemble, a Vancouver-based art song/chamber music ensemble. The piece was conceived as a modern reinterpretation of Luys de Narváez’s "Cancion del Emperador", originally written for vihuela, in 1538. Its melodic material is reworked and reimagined here with an expanded instrumentation (two voices, guitar, piano, violin, and cello), and set to a poem written in villanelle form—the villanelle form being something that originated roughly around the same time as the "Cancion del Emperador" was composed. The poem was written specifically as text for this new piece, by Vancouver-based author Fraser Nixon.

You dream in beauty
on the western shore
knitting labyrinths
of raveled sleep
I pass in silence through
A stranger’s door

& when you rise, my love
(whom I adore)
what music will you bring
from rivers deep?
You dream in beauty
on the western shore

Here, at harvest, when
what’s sown must reap
the rich man eats his own poor brother
for god is good
& life is cheap
I pass in silence through
a stranger’s door

They who only want to take
will be forever taking more
But love is free to give
& forever ours to keep
You dream in beauty
on the western shore

Where were you— walking slipshod
on some farther western shore?
Your footsteps disappearing
in retreating oceansweep
I pass in silence through a stranger’s door

Red suns leap over mountaintops
bright as wild lion’s roar
rains fall upon all
darkened seas
beneath dead moons
who never weep

We dream in beauty on a stranger shore
We pass in silence through the western door
.

–text © Fraser Nixon, 2018

Premiere Information:
26 May 2018,Orpheum Annex, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Erato Ensemble; Al Cannon, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 2207 K741you
  • Genre:
  • Two Voices, With Chamber Ensemble, , Keyboard / Plectral String / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 14, 2018
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    16 Pages
    Height: 30 inches
    Width: 23 inches
    Parts page count: 15
    Parts
    15 Pages
    Height: 30 inches
    Width: 23 inches
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Erato Ensemble
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