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Voicing: SATB divisi & piano

duration: ~4 minutes

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About

“Life Has a Loveliness” is a positive, life-affirming work. To drive home the point that “life has a loveliness to sell,” the composer engages all the voices equally. Every voice is affirmed, all people are welcome to this happy feast. What begins as a relatively straightforward, 4 part, diatonic work gradually unfolds into an enriched climax with widely spaced and divided voices, supported by eminently playable accompaniment. Great for advanced high schools and college choirs.

Text

from Barter by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

Life has loveliness to sell,

     All beautiful and splendid things,

Blue waves whitened on a cliff,

     Soaring fire that sways and sings,

Life has loveliness to sell,

     Music like a curve of gold,

Scent of pine trees in the rain,

     Eyes that love you, arms that hold,

And for your spirit's still delight,

Holy thoughts that star the night.

 

Spend all you have for loveliness,

     Buy it and never count the cost;

For one white singing hour of peace

     Count many a year of strife well lost,

And for a breath of ecstasy

Give all you have been, or could be.