Main Category

  • Treble Chorus
  • Treble Chorus AND Unison and Two-Part

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  • A Capella
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  • English

Arrow and the Song, The (SSSAAA)

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Year: 2016

For: SSSAAA

Duration: 4:00

The original upper-voices version of this piece was commissioned by the Savridi Singers of Calgary and their director, Erica Phare-Bergh, in celebration of their 30th anniversary. This piece incorporates bird and wind sounds amidst a forward-moving, rhythmically floating texture. Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In 2020, this piece was also arranged for SSATB + with alto solo for publication by Oxford University Press. This piece is now available exclusively through OUP in a collection called “Breath of Song” or as a single octavo (for mixed choir or upper voices).

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Listen to the multi-tracked version created at home by Laura

Text

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.