In Winter’s House (SATBarB) – PDF Download


Duration c.5’

Themes: Winter, darkness, light

Suitable for: Professional or amateur choirs. Soprano part is low and suitable for high altos.

In Winter’s House was commissioned by Tenebrae and first performed by the choir at their concert at the Wigmore Hall on 1st December 2019.

Text:  by Jane Draycott

In winter’s house there’s a room
that’s pale and still as mist in a field
while outside in the street every gate’s shut firm,

every face as cold as steel.
In winter’s house there’s a bed
that is spread with frost and feathers,
that gleams in the half-light like rain in a disused yard
or a pearl in a choked-up stream.
In winter’s house there’s a child
asleep in a dream of light that grows out
of the dark, a flame you can hold in your hand
like a flower or a torch on the street.
In winter’s house there’s a tale
that’s told of a great chandelier in a garden,
of fire that catches and travels for miles,
of all gates and windows wide open.
In winter’s house there’s a flame
being dreamt by a child in the night,
in the small quiet house at the turn in the lane
where the darkness gives way to light.

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