On My Dreams (SATB) (download)
Accessible and fun, this setting of “Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths” by William Butler Yeats is a favorite of high school and college choirs.
Voicing: SATB div. choir, piano, opt. trap set
duration: 3 minutes
“On My Dreams” was commissioned by my hometown high school choir, under the direction of conductor Cindy Peterson, for their annual POPS concert. To fit into that concert, I wanted to ensure that the melody was easily singable and was infused with elements of pop music. The challenging and rhythmic piano part provides a groove underneath that can be heightened by the addition of a trap set. High school choirs really enjoy singing this piece, and the text is especially appropriate for the end of the school year.
This recording is by the Yale Glee Club, under the direction of Jeffrey Douma.
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Unwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
– William Butler Yeats
The trap set part is not notated. Listen to the recording by the Armstrong High School Choir, under the direction of Stephanie Trump, for a great example. Improvisation encouraged!