Clown in the Moon | Triolet
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2001)
author: Dylan Thomas (1929)
genre: SATB Chorus
accompanied: Piano & Percussion (optional)
premiere: October 16, 2001
Northland Festival Honors Choir
Linda Samuelson, conductor
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
audio sample: (not available)
program notes:

"Clown in the Moon" and "Triolet" were commissioned by Northland College for its annual High School Honors Choir convention in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Both texts are poems composed by Dylan Thomas at the age of 14.


text 1: Clown in the Moon by Dylan Thomas (at age 14)

My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.

I think, that if I touched the earth,
    It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.

[Dylan Thomas, 1929; from "The Poems of Dylan Thomas"
edited by Daniel Jones; © 1971, New Directions Publishing Corp.]
 

text 2: Triolet by Dylan Thomas (at age 14)

The bees are glad the livelong day,
For lilacs in their beauty blow
And make my garden glad and gay.
The bees are glad the livelong day,
They to my blossoms wing their way,
And honey steal from flowers aglow.
The bees are glad the livelong day,
For lilacs in their beauty blow.

[Dylan Thomas, 1929; from "The Poems of Dylan Thomas"
edited by Daniel Jones; © 1971, New Directions Publishing Corp.]


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