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IAC021

by Ian A. Cook 2013

On a Piece of Tapestry for SATB choir

written for Academy of Voices, conducted by Sam Kjellberg

text by George Santayana 1906

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IAC021

On a Piece of Tapestry by Ian A. Cook

On a Piece of Tapestry

Duration: 3'50''

by George Santayana Hold high the woof, dear friends, that we may see The cunning mixture of its colours rare. Nothing in nature purposely is fair,— Her beauties in their freedom disagree; But here all vivid dyes that garish be, To that tint mellowed which the sense will bear, Glow, and not wound the eye that, resting there, Lingers to feed its gentle ecstacy. Crimson and purple and all hues of wine, Saffron and russet, brown and sober green Are rich the shadowy depths of blue between; While silver threads with golden intertwine, To catch the glimmer of a fickle sheen,— All the long labour of some captive queen.

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Written for Academy of Voices Samuel Kjellberg, director

On a Piece of Tapestry for SATB chorus a capella George Santayana (1863–1952)

q=88

Soprano

     

Ian A. Cook (b. 1990) 2013

p

Hold high the woof,

    

r Pe

pp

Alto

        

      

hold high the woof, dear friends,



Tenor

   

pp

Ooh q=88

for rehearsal only

      

p

pp

      

  



 

co - lours

T.

B.

     co

   

-

rare,



lours

rare,

   

  

    3

that we may see

  

 

that

we may

p

   

p

3

  

       

 

 

Ooh

pp

the co -lours rare.

pp

p

Ooh

p

the co -lours rare.

pp

     

mp

3

  

p

    

     

p

 

Ooh

 

the co -lours rare.

3

 



    

that we may see the

p

the

see

     

         

 

 





p

friends,

   

mp

may see

e or Sc

     

 

cun -ning mix -ture of the co -lours rare.

A.

 

  

 

friends,

dear

     

  



 

             7

S.

dear

al

  

friends,

  



us

Bass

dear

        Ooh

that we

  

Ooh

pp

        

pp

     pp



        

     

mp

No

 

     mp

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thing,

      

no - thing in na - ture

 

p

-

   

   

   


4

      14

S.

pur - pose

A.

  

   -

-

ly is

B.

   

 

ooh

mf

3

p

 but

    

    

 

vi - vid dyes that gar - ish

       

   

     



mf

      

    

to that tint

f

   

to that tint

 

    



 

   

f

      

all

vi - vid dyes that

   





       

  p

     



p



 

 



  

   

sub. p

 

glow,

meno mosso q=80

glow,

mel -lowed which the sense will bear,

 glow,

mel -lowed which the sense will bear,

glow,

glow,

     

  

sub. p

 



meno mosso q=80 sub. p

be,

   

vi - vid dyes that

glow,

f

be,

all

mp

be,

           gar - ish be,

gar - ish

 

mp

e or Sc

vi - vid dyes that gar - ish

p

3

        

 

 

mf

 

mp

                      3

 



here

 

 

al

all



  mp

here

here

but

mf               

3

ooh

    mf              all

B.

 

fair,—

21

T.

mp

fair,—

but

us

     

A.

                          pur -pose - ly is fair,— her beau - ties in their free -dom dis -a - gree; mp   p                 pur -pose -ly is

S.

p

  

ooh

r Pe

T.

fair,—

   

  pur - pose

ly is

mp

 

  

 


5

      28

S.

          

glow,

A.

and not wound the

    

eye

that,

and not wound the

     glow,

eye

 

 

 

 

that,

    

  

  

rest



mp

 

 

sta - cy.

ec - sta - cy.

A.

  

p

 ec

T.

B.

p

      ec    

-

sta - cy.

-

p

 

 

p

    

  

 

q=66

mp

 

-

 

  

and

pur - ple

and

all

hues of

Crim -son

   

and

pur - ple

and

all

hues of

 

 

Crim -son

and

pur - ple

and

all

hues of

   

Crim -son



  



 

   

Rubato h=56

   



p cresc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

pur - ple

and

all

hues of









 





 

 

 

 

 

 



  

      

  



wine,

mp

wine,



mp



wine,



mp

gers

mf cresc.

 

saf -fron

and

mf cresc.

 



and

 

saf -fron

and

mf cresc.

mf cresc.

saf -fron

 and

 





 





mf cresc.

saf -fron

  

wine,

 



mp

gers

-

mp



lin



p cresc.

     

mp

  

mp

     

p cresc.

gers

-

 

gers,

 

p cresc.

-

  

lin

  

Crim -son

 

gers,

Rubato h=56

ec - sta - cy. rall.

      

 

 p cresc.  

 

e or Sc

 

 

p

-

al

rall.

  

lin

   

to feed its gen -tle

lin

        

   

     36

S.



 mp

us

  

mp

- ing there,

rit.

    

mp

lin

glow,

      

- ing there,

             

r Pe

B.

rest

mp

glow,

T.

q=66

rit.

mp


6

      43

S.

rus - set,

A.

  

mf

     

brown and

rus - set,

brown

       rus - set,

f

and so - ber green



   

B.

brown

      



rus - set,

50

A.

T.

B.

  

    

mf

  

mp

-

tween;

 

mf

p

p



mp

 

 

p

be

depths

of

blue







depths

of

blue

 

      



in - ter

p



of

blue f

 

-

-

  be -

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

twine,

p

in



blue

 

of

the depths

sil - ver threads with gol - den



rich

  

f



         



ooh

   

are

ooh

     tween;

be

mp

while

   

mf  

so - ber green



 

   

the depths

sha - dow - y

mf

e or Sc

tween;

the

al

    

rich

sha - dow - y

us

S.

 

               

      

   

and so - ber green

brown and

       

are



rich

  

r Pe

T.

are

      



  

so - ber green

f

-

ter

-

 



   

twine,

ooh

mp

  

  

p

 

         

 

p



      

       


7

       57

S.

A.

  

B.

  

p

in - ter - twine,

 

T.

B.

mf

 

      

    

q=84 f

  

mf

ooh

f decresc.

 

to

f

ooh

-

twine,

   

     

   f

in - ter -

q=84

f

   

 

mf

 

rit.

       

   

   

mp

p

   

mf

mp

   

   

mf

mp

p

mf

mp

p

catch the glim - mer

ooh

   

 

mf

in -

    

  



in - ter - twine,



 

 

mf

- ter - twine,

mp

   

 

     

     

     

   

          

ter - twine,

 

  

      twine,

- ter

e or Sc

A.

in

in - ter - twine,

   

-

al

     64



mp            

    

   

S.

in

mp

us



 



      

mp

    

    

rit.

in - ter - twine,

r Pe

T.

      

mp

 

mf

 

 

of

a

 



mp

 

  

fick - le sheen,

a fick - le

 

  

p

 

  

mp


8 rit.

  p    71

S.



ooh

A.

  



q=63 pp

     ooh p

r Pe

p

B.

   



 

 



 

    



p

cap - tive queen,

A.

    

cap - tive queen,

T.

B.

       cap -tive queen,     

p

 



 

   

 

 









all

la

the long

p

  

the long

p

 la

-

-

all

la

-

p

   the long

 

   the long

 la

  -

p

   

all the long

la - bour of some

pp

  

   

all the long

la - bour of some

q=63

 

 



 

 

 



 

 



 

pp p

   

rall. pp

bour

of some

cap

-









 

 

 

 

 

queen.

 

   

 

cap - tive queen.

pp

bour,

some cap - tive queen.

 

 

 

bour,

 

tive

pp

 

pp

bour,

  p

la - bour of some

pp

  

all

    

 

all

cap - tive queen,

 

   

all the long

e or Sc

al

      76

S.



us

rit. p

la - bour of some

  

ooh



all the long

  



   

pp

sheen,—

T.

  

 

cap - tive queen.

rall.

pp

   

  

 

  



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