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In this work I return to the poetry of one my favourite New Zealand poets: Robin Hyde (1906-1939). She was a remarkable literary figure at a time when women were denied many opportunities in her chosen fields of journalism and serious writing. Her output includes several novels as well as many poems. Of somewhat fragile health, her short life ended when she took her own life in a fit of depression on the other side of the world. This work is for unaccompanied mixed-voice choir. I was drawn to the many musical images in the poem, especially the references to 'chords of beauty' which are set at the musical climax of the piece.
This work also exists in a version for SATB choir, piano and strings.
Text by Robin Hyde