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The Spring of Life (le printemps de la vie)

The Spring of Life (le printemps de la vie)

Product Number: 7716

Composer: Ferko, Frank



Commissioned by the Bay Choral Guild, "The Spring of Life" is based on three texts taken from The Love Poems of Marichiko by Kenneth Rexroth. Composed for unaccompanied 6-part chorus (SSATBB), each of the settings presents a different aspect of spring. The Full Moon of Spring speaks of the serene crystalline light of spring evenings with a colorful harmonic palette. This Spring describes the sunrise over the ocean, first in simple musical textures. These textures later develop into a very broad harmonic expanse delineated with rhythmic layering of the choral voices. Spring Is Early begins and ends with a short, joyful fugue. The middle section is a love poem in which the speaker compares the beloved to the rich evening aromas of blossoming flowers.

"The Spring of Life" was first performed by the Bay Choral Guild, conducted by Sanford Dole, in a series of three concerts on March 18, 19, and 20, 2011. Total performance time: approximately 5 minutes.

Additional Information

Product Number 7716
Composer/Arranger Ferko, Frank
Text Author Rexroth, Kenneth
Voicing & Instruments SSATBB Chorus unaccompanied
Topics (Secular) Love, Spring
Difficulty Medium
Language of Text English
Historical Period 21st Century
Recording Credits Recorded by The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton, Minneapolis, MN. Recording Engineer: David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions.
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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