The Call of Spring

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Text by Amy Lowell

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Monadnock in Early Spring

Cloud-topped and splendid, dominating all
    The little lesser hills which compass thee,
    Thou standest, bright with April’s buoyancy,
Yet holding Winter in some shaded wall
Of stern, steep rock; and startled by the call
    Of Spring, thy trees flush with expectancy
    And cast a cloud of crimson, silently,
Above thy snowy crevices where fall
    Pale shrivelled oak leaves, while the snow beneath
    Melts at their phantom touch. Another year
Is quick with import. Such each year has been.
    Unmoved thou watchest all, and all bequeath
    Some jewel to thy diadem of power,
Thou pledge of greater majesty unseen.

SATB version Performed by Aliro Voices, directed by Kurt Hattenberger

SSAA version premiered by Songbird Choir

Directed by Anika Kildegaard 

Episcopal Homes, St. Paul MN, 2016

SATB version premiered by Tactus

Concordia College, Moorhead MN, 2018

Program Notes

The text is by American poet Amy Lowell, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.  The natural imagery brings to mind ideas of seasons and cycles of nature, and goes on to evoke ideas of memory, introversion and extraversion, and what we hold inside ourselves versus what we share with others.