The isle is full of noises

  • for choir (SATB, or SABar) and piano

  • Duration 3' 40"


by William Shakespeare and by Bai Juyi

this work was awarded the Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize (North Dakota State University) in 2014, and also won second prize in the Meistersingers of Orange County's Knapp Award in the same year

this piece is published Pavane / Hal Leonard (#HL 00255627)

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this pieces sets words in English and (Mandarin) Chinese:

... the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had wak’d after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak’d
I cried to dream again.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
from The Tempest, Act III, Scene 2 (spoken by Caliban)

huā fēi huā
wù fēi wù
yè bàn lái
tiān míng qù
lái rú chūn mèng jǐ duō shí
qù sì zhāo yún wú mì chù

The bloom is not a bloom,
The mist not mist.
At midnight she comes,
And goes again at dawn.
She comes like a spring dream
- how long will she stay?
She goes like morning cloud,
without a trace.

Bai Juyi (or Bo Juyi, or Po Chu-i) (772-846)