An original piece by Jenni Brandon for SATB choir, oboe, and piano.
The Dark Hills – poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
The oboe’s voice in the piece represents not only the oncoming evening in the hills, but also the voice of the ‘old bones of warriors under ground.’ As the choir sings Arlington’s wonderful poem, the oboe weaves in and out of the texture, creating a voice of the ages. The addition of the simple but important piano accompaniment supports the voices of the choir and the oboe as they tell of the hope for the end of all wars.
Dark hills at evening in the west,
Where sunset hovers like a sound
Of golden horns that sang to rest
Old bones of warriors under ground,
Far now from all the bannered ways
Where flash the legions of the sun,
You fade – as if the last of days
Were fading, and all wars were done.
from The Three Taverns. New York: Macmillan 1920.
Work is in the public domain.
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