The Song of the Sea

The Song of the Sea

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"The Song of the Sea" is from the large-scale work "The Wound in the Water" commissioned for the Opening Concert of St. Olav Festival, Trondheim, Norway (Olavsfestdagene) in 2016 and premiered by Conspirare, soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and conductor Craig Hella Johnson.

The woman singing here, powerful spirit, alive to the world around her, loving friend, insightful mother, has made the nearby sea a companion all her long life. Just as she would know if her children were in distress, she senses that the ocean waters are deeply wounded - as if all human beings are driven into exile by their alienation from, and damage of, the created world. 

  • Scoring: Solo soprano and piano
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Words: Euan Tait
  • Year: 2016
  • Publisher: Kim André Arnesen Music

LISTEN

I have walked this shore
all my life; 
my children leap among the waves 

like a spray of fire, 
and always listen: 
I’ll know any change 

in their voices, 
I’ll hear their hidden sound 
of their anguish or fear, 

and in the last years 
I have been shocked 
into silence here: 

the song of this sea is changing, 
its music slowly unfamiliar, 

the song becoming a cry, 
like a vast creature 
with a visceral wound. 

The storm wind is howl. 
I am no longer home, 
I’m being led away 

like a captive of myself, 
like a sudden stranger, 
like an exile.

By Euan Tait

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