April and the Sun

a cappella SATB choir

This short, intimate piece was composed for a mass choir of high school students in 2008, and is successful when performed by a large festival chorus or chamber ensemble. The homophonic texture allows a conductor the chance to work on text stress and phrasing, as well as communicating a message. Students will enjoy deciphering the text of the poem and relating the poet's emotions to the music.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
JH - C001
Publishing Series: 
JH Music
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Commissioned By: 
Choirs of Note Festival and Competition
Premiere Date: 
Premiere Ensemble: 
Choirs of Note Festival Choir
Premiere Conductor: 
Dale Warland
Text Author or Source: 
Sara Teasdale, public domain

You took my empty dreams
And filled them every one
With tenderness and nobleness,
April and the sun.

The old empty dreams
Where my thoughts would throng
Are far too full of happiness
To even hold a song.

Oh, the empty dreams were dim
And they were wide,
They were sweet and shadowy houses
Where my thoughts could hide.

But you took my dreams away
And made them all come true
My thoughts have no place now to play
And nothing now to do.