Thursday, January 26, 2012

Velvet Shoes

A song, by American composer Randall Thompson, about a winter walk. The poem is by Elinor Wylie:

Let us walk in the white snow
          In a soundless space;
With footsteps quiet and slow,
          At a tranquil pace,
          Under veils of white lace.

I shall go shod in silk,
          And you in wool,
White as white cow's milk,
          More beautiful
          Than the breast of a gull.

We shall walk through the still town
          In a windless peace;
We shall step upon white down,
          Upon silver fleece,
          Upon softer than these.

We shall walk in velvet shoes:
          Wherever we go
Silence will fall like dews
          On white silence below.
          We shall walk in the snow.


Dorian Speed said...

Randall Thompson did.Croatians, right?

INTRRESTING. My Kindle apparently has auto-correct. I meant Frostiana.

But maybe he also did Croatians, or Croatoan. I'm not a music historian.

Anyway, if he's who I think he is, I'm pro-him.

Pentimento said...

Yes. Frostiana. Also that beautiful, short choral "Alleluia." Yes, pro-him all the way.

Dorian Speed said...

Yes. I got to do both pieces as part of a community chorus several years ago and I just adore them. So warm.