Joyce Madrigals

A short piece in the spirit of madrigals such as John Farmer's Fair Phyllis, with text drawn from Joyce's collection of poems evocatively named Chamber Music. More pieces to come.

Bid Adieu to Girlish Days

  • duration: 50″
  • range: G2 to G4 (bass G2 to C4, baritone B2 to E4, tenor D3 to G4)
  • instrumentation: 3 part unaccompanied men’s voice (TBB)

Text from Chamber Music: XI

Bid adieu, adieu, adieu,
Bid adieu to girlish days,
Happy Love is come to woo
Thee and woo thy girlish ways—
The zone that doth become thee fair,
The snood upon thy yellow hair,
When thou hast heard his name upon
The bugles of the cherubim
Begin thou softly to unzone
Thy girlish bosom unto him
And softly to undo the snood
That is the sign of maidenhood.

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2014 November 3