Arise, My Darling!
2003, for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Length: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Cost per Copy: $2.00
Arise, My Darling! is a lively and modal celebration of spring.
Slight shifts in metric emphasis among the voices and the
occassional change of meter contribute to the the excitement
of the melodies. The music is set in the mixolydian mode, and
there are no accidentals.
The text is derived from Songs of Solomon II, verses 10-13, a
traditional Passover reading celebrating the arrival of spring.
The words are as follows:
Arise! Arise! Arise, my
darling, my beautiful one!
Arise! Arise! Arise, my darling and come with me!
See! The winter is past.
The rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear, appear on the earth.
And the season of singing has come.
The cooing of doves is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit.
The blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Come with me!