How to Survive Winter (full score) (download)

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Empowering and insightful extended work for treble choir and string quartet.

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Voicing: SSAA choir and string quartet

 

duration: 17 minutes

 

Click here to view the choral/piano reduction.

 

 

I. Let the Leaves Fall


 

II. Wrap Your Body in Darkness

 

III. Bury Me in White

 

IV. Swallow the Sun

 

Level: 4

 

How do we get through this? How do we deal with grief, loss, and sadness? These four movements with poetry by Julia Klatt Singer tackle this issue with beauty and clarity.

 

Text

 

I. Let the Leaves Fall

 

Sometimes we have to let them go, let the leaves fall.
Under bare limbs
we stand surrounded

 

by the beauty of everything we’ve lost.

 

II. Wrap Your Body in Darkness

 

Put on an old hat and mittens.
Wrap your body in darkness. Carry the weight of night on your shoulders.

 

Bare yourself
like these winter trees.

 

Let beauty fall to your feet, let wind shake you, let your bones swallow the chill of this evening’s air.

 

Nothing, not even winter, can tame
your wild bird of a heart.

 

III. Bury Me in White

 

The silence of snow, like the silence of you is what I wake to

 

blinding white and falling. Start the day

 

By throwing away words;
scarlet, indigo, then

 

cerulean, mango who needs them
in this kind of cold?

 

Bury me in white, bury me away like your heart.

 

IV. Swallow the Sun

 

A Secret. No frost today
on my window, no tumbling stars no forests of white, no birds
on the branch outside
no chance of one landing now stealing the morning with their song as I think about your hands
and how they make me feel
as beautiful as frost
as transparent as glass
as if I’ve swallowed
the sun.

 

~ Julia Klatt Singer

 

 

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