Text for Song

Cantata-Roudelay

For soprano, tenor and cello

First performance 1pm, 23rd May 2019, Wigmore Hall

Music: Jonathan Woolgar / Text: Sophie Rashbrook

I

SISTER

While the earth remains, look up at the sky:

See all the starbright angels blazing rains

And marvel at the endless forms you spy,

While the earth remains.

Turn we three around, around, around,

Weave a roundel ‘round a tilted crown

Before we three fall down a-down a-down

II

BROTHER

Above I see a moon that winks and wanes.

I cannot read the stars, although I try.

This used to be our home – where life sustains –

Turn we two around, around, around,

Weave a roundel ‘round a tilted crown

Before we two fall down a-down a-down

III

SISTER

Brother, we may never understand why –

Our planet circles through endless refrains,

But still there’s peace, looking up at the sky,

BROTHER AND SISTER

While the earth remains.

 

I danced three turns around, around, around,

I wove a roundel ‘round a tilted crown

Before we all fell down a-down a-down