Where is the moon? (Leanne Daharja Veitch)

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  • CPDL #24308:         
Editor: Leanne Daharja Veitch (submitted 2011-08-30).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Original edition - PDFs available for US letter and A4.

General Information

Title: Where is the moon?
Composer: Leanne Daharja Veitch

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAA
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2011

Description: "Where Is The Moon?" is available for mezzo-soprano solo / semichorus, SAA and easy piano. Duration is 2-3 minutes, with a low level of difficulty for both choir and pianist. The piece ideally suits a smaller ensemble or chamber choir, and would also work well for younger voices. The text is original.

The solo line would suit a soloist from the choir ranks, or a small group of mixed voices from second soprano and first alto. The piece has been written with flexibility in mind.

"Where is the moon?" was written about the prosaic topic of being unable to sleep one night. I was gazing out of my bedroom window – which is directly above my bed – and watching the moon as it flickered back and forth behind the racing clouds. Interspersed with images of the moon in the text are mythological references to the moon as female, and bringer of dreams and sleep.

Score issues: Links are provided above for US letter and A4 PDF prints, for convenience of choirs on both sides of the Altantic. In both instances, the piano line has issues with printed arpeggio markings in the chorus (rehearsal marks B => C). This is a noted Sibelius print issue (bug), and unavoidable. My apologies.

For the curious: The work is dedidated to two close friends of mine (also my children's godparents), and our many wonderful hours spent watching Doctor Who together ;-)

Composer request: I am a young composer and lyricist building my portfolio, and would greatly appreciate notification of performances, to add to my curriculum vitae. Many thanks in advance, if you choose to perform my work, and let me know. Cheers.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Where is the moon? for she hides
Where is the moon? for she dances
Casting her shadows of moonlight
to a world adrift in dreams.

Lady of light, sail above me.
Lady of dreams, give me peace.
Why does the world sleep and yet
Not I? No sleep can find me.

The moonlit earth breathes as one
with the sky…
The starlit world dreams as one
yet I, ahhh! lie alone
in silence.

Lady of light, shine above me.
Lady of dreams, give me peace.
Why does the world sleep and yet
Not I?
No rest…
I long for rest…