The Thing with Feathers

Forces: recorder and piano

Composed: 2010

Duration: c. 3 minutes

Dedicated to Peter Hope

to Peter on his 80th

First Performed at Beaminster Festival, July 1st 2010

 

Score inscription:

Hope is the thing with feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886

 

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