This is the sixth movement of “For a Breath of Ectasy.” Scored for SATB chorus, oboe, and string quartet or piano, the music is romantic and beautifully paints images found in the text: “The moon is a curving flower of gold.” he accompaniment is lush and the choral writing is homophonic, with the sopranos only occasionally dividing. Duration: 3:12 Oboe part included.
6. And I For You
The moon is a curving flower of gold,
The sky is still and blue;
The moon was made for the sky to hold,
And I for you;
The moon is a flower without a stem,
The sky is luminous;
Eternity was made for them,
To-night for us.
Each of the movements of For a Breath of Ecstasy chronicles Teasdale’s search for solace amidst life’s many storms. The tapestry of different vocal forces set against the backdrop of Oboe and Strings reveals moments of yearning, love, joy, and peace. Vivid imagery portrays transcendent moments of solace that are revealed in an individual’s relationship to nature and in love. This work draws texts from Love Songs, the anthology of celebrated American poet, Sara Teasdale (18841933), and was commissioned to celebrate the centennial of her winning the first Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1918. -Michael John Trotta Duration: 30:27