Icicles

  • for choir SATB and piano

  • Duration 3'

Words

by William Shakespeare

commissioned by Alexandria Choral Society 2004

This work is one of a pair of pieces, Daisies & Icicles. The two pieces could be described as variations upon each other. Daisies is set for children's choir and piano.

this work is published by Norsk Musikforlag (NMO 12229, ISMN M-065-11296-1) but can also be ordered direct from the composer: price GBP 2.20

Text


When icicles hang by the wall,
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipped, and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring-owl,
Tu-who;
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-who;
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
(William Shakespeare, from Love's Labour's Lost)

Categories

choral - mixed voices accompanied.