SATB chorus & piano
words by William Wordsworth
music by E.K.R. Hammell
Premiered by Babel Chorus, director – Elaine Choi. March 21st 2020, Toronto ON Canada.
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Daffodils – midi mockup
Live performance excerpt (1:34-3:50)
Originally intended as a piece for children’s choir, this mixed choir setting of William Wordsworth’s famous poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils) is meant to capture the pure, innocent feeling of contentedness and wonder arising from a special moment in one’s life.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the like, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.