Choral

Song

Wild Swans

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Choral setting of Edna St. Vincent Millay,
a cappella, SATB
Bowdoin Chamber Choir,
Robert Greenlee, Music Director


A lovely, exciting contrapuntal setting, opening with imitative entrances leading to a soaring fugal middle section with a touching homophonic transition to a thrilling finish.

Lyrics

I looked in my heart while the wild swans went over.
And what did I see I had not seen before?
Only a question less or a question more;
Nothing to match the flight of wild birds flying.
Tiresome heart, forever living and dying,
House without air, I leave you and lock your door.
Wild swans, come over the town, come over
The town again, trailing your legs and crying!