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“Spring Sunlight” is the fourth song in Songs from a Quaker Heart, commissioned and premiered by the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus in 2016.
“Spring Sunlight” is such a very short poem. Marian has encapsulated the idea of growth/decay in just a few words. But each line is so short!, and the contrasts need to confront each other. It took me a while to find a musical treatment lasting longer than 30 seconds. My setting dwells on each pair of contrasts, developing a mood and texture for each pair. Then there’s a shape-shifting in the last two lines as the rhythm changes and the action spills into the last line, which I highlight with a surprise chord change.
I chose the poem “Spring Sunlight” from Marian Shapiro’s personal manuscripts.
by Marian Kaplun Shapiro
Green leaves growing
me. You sleeping.
(Copyright Marian Kaplun Shapiro. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)