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The Ecstatic

for mixed-voice choir and piano

Year:  2022   ·  Duration:  3m 10s

Year:  2022
Duration:  3m 10s

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1–3 of score

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Irish-born poet Cecil Day-Lewis spent most of his life in England, teaching at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and at his death was the poet laureate. He also wrote detective novels under a pseudonym. The poem "The Ecstatic" is a description of a skylark swooping and diving, which to the poet suggests a state of ecstasy. In the middle of the three stanzas the poet addresses the bird directly and calls it "a singing star, a note of light". At the end of the poem, the day comes to a close and the bird drops down towards the estuary and presumably a peaceful night's sleep.

Commissioned note

"The Ecstatic" was written for Choralation (Westlake Girls and Westlake Boys High Schools), and conductor Rowan Johnston

Text note

text by Cecil Day-Lewis