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James Wilson

Out of the Blue for tenor and piano


Out of the Blue You have picked me out Through a distant shot of a building burning You have noticed now that a white cotton shirt is twirling, turning. In fact I am waving, waving. Small in the clouds, but waving, waving. Does anyone see a soul worth saving? So when will you come? Do you think you are watching, watching A man shaking crumbs or pegging out washing? I am trying and trying. The heat behind me is bullying, driving, But the white of surrender is not yet flying. I am not at the point of leaving, diving. A bird goes by. The depth is appalling. Appalling That others like me Should be wind-milling, wheeling, spiralling, falling. Are your eyes believing, Believing That here in the gills I am still breathing. But tiring, tiring. Sirens below are wailing, firing. My arm is numb and my nerves are sagging. Do you see me, my love. I am failing, flagging. Simon Armitage


Piano The pedal should be adopted to the discretion of the performer where markings are absent. All grace notes, trills and tremolandos are to be played as fast as possible.

Duration: c.6 minutes


4

Out of the Blue

Simon Armitage

James Wilson

Spontaneous and portentous (e = c.92)

6 8 sffz

p poco cresc.

6 8 sff

f

trem.

trem. 4

pp leggiero

mf

p leggiero

pp

sfz poco cresc.

sf

ff

9

sfz

meno f

fff

mf

13

sffz

mf

ppp morendo


Helpless (e = 100) 19 pp narrante

You

5

have

picked me

out

sffz pp

pp

sub. ff

con fuoco

sf

mf molto espress.

21

Through

a

dis tant shot

of

a build ing burn ing

f

p malinconico e poco cresc.

pp senza cresc.

23

f

p

fp

p narrante

You

have

no

ticed

now

sfz

p

con fuoco


6 26

f

mp espress.

9 8 That

a white

cot ton

6 8

shirt

is

twir

ling

turn ing.

trem.

9 8 mf poco cresc.

6 8 f espress. 9

p leggiero

9 8

6 8 p

pp senza cresc.

fp

28

6 8

9 8 sfz

sffz

sfz

sffz mf cresc.

mp

6 8

31

6 8

9 8

6 8

p

f cantabile

6 8 In

fact

I

am

wav

ing,

wav

ing.

trem.

6 8 mf

pp senza cresc.

6 8 p

fp

mp

fp


mf

pp

p

sff

33

7

Small

in the

clouds,

but

wav

ing,

wav

ing.

ppp poco cresc.

p

fp

mp

meno ff

35

fp

p 3

Does

an y one see

a

soul

worth sav

ing?

p

mf

fp

fp

fp

38

sffz

sfz

sffz

sfz 3

3

mf

f

3

f

3

mf


8 41

mp disperato

So

when

will

you

come?

mp

fp

p narrante

43

Do you

think

you

are watch ing, watch

ing

sffz mf

con fuoco

sf poco dim. 46

p

A man

p

f

shak ing crumbs

p

or

f

peg ging

out

p dim.

wash

ing?


9 49

sffz

p

sfz

p

sffz

p

sfz

p

p

ff poco a poco dim.

51

f resoluto

I

am

try

ing

and

try

ing.

ff f espress.

con fuoco

53

tutta forza

3

The heat

sfff

be hind

me

is

bul

ly

ing,

f 3

sempre ff e ritmico

3

3

3


10

f senza dim.

55

driv

ing,

But

the

white

of

sur

f 3

57

3

3

3

3

3

3

ren der

is

not

yet

fly

ing.

f 3

3

3

3

3

poco a poco string. 59

meno f narrante

I

am

meno f

con fuoco

not

at

the

point

of

leav

ing,

3


11 62

div

ing

sff

Debilitated (e = 110) poco f

65

A

bird

f

goes

by.

The depth

sub. p

3

pall ing

That

o

is

ap pall ing.

p cresc.

f

68

mf

3

thers

sub. p cresc.

like

ff

me

Should

f morendo al niente

p cresc.

3

be

wind mill ing,

Ap


12 71

3

wheel ing, spi ral ling, fal ling.

f morendo al niente

p cresc.

f morendo al niente

74

mf

f

Are

your

eyes

be

liev

ing,

Be

3

liev

ing

f morendo al niente

76

p

That

here

in

the

gills

f morendo al niente

p cresc.

pp

f morendo al niente


13 79

pp

I

am

still

breath

ing.

sf

(poch. ritard.)

Helpless (e = 100) 81

p dim. poco a poco

But

ti ring,

ti ring.

p

83 (a tempo)

sempre f

f

mf cresc.

Si

rens be

rh

rh

rh

low

are

wail ing,

fir ing.


14 85

mp

My

arm

is

numb and

my

nerves

are

sag

ging.

mp

f

ppp

pp narrante

87

Do

you

see

pp espress.

poch. ritard.

89

me,

my love.

I

am

fail

ing,

flag

ging.


15

Spontaneous and portentous (e = c.92) 91

p dim. poco a poco

riten.

92

pp

93

pp al niente sonore p morendo


Out of the Blue