• Augusta Read Thomas
  • Juggler of Day (2007)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • SSAA a cappella
  • 8 min 30 s

Programme Note

Premiere:
27 October 2007
Cornell University Glee Club
Scott Tucker, conductor
Sage Chapel, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY


This composition musically "paints the picture” of a blazing, mid-morning, rising sun that very gradually sets over the horizon.


Program Note:
Scored for female chorus, Juggler of Day sets an Emily Dickinson poem juxtaposing sunrise with sundown, with the ecstatic, billowing textures continually coalescing into full, rich harmonies before dissolving again. A slow but relentless momentum dominates the first half, a long-breathed contrapuntal episode lyrically weaves and criss-crosses the voices, fluctuating like the sun’s glow just before it slides over the horizon, before the music slowly dissipates and fades in the final, twilit section.
— Paul Pellay

Text:
Emily Dickinson

Blazing in gold and quenching in purple,
Leaping like leopards to the sky,
Then at the feet of the old horizon
Laying her spotted face, to die;
Stooping as low as the kitchen window,
Touching the roof and tinting the barn,
Kissing her bonnet to the meadow, —
And the juggler of day is gone!


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