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The Siren Song of Ithaca for SATB

David Lewiston Sharpe


Scoring SATB Duration: 5 mins approx. ________ Siren Song of Ithaca Ulysses, Ulysses, Bronze heaven’s dawn Sped your ship on; And then came the Isle Of the Siren’s Song – the wind alive. “We are the echo from Ilion’s walls, We the voice of the soul from the sword, In the blade when it thrusts Into myth, to the songs of the past, In those deep and most ancient of days.” “We are the blast of the storm on the field, By the towers and walls; Song of the hero, the battles, the gods,” Sing memory’s dark-eyed Sirens. And he heard – But the crew stopped their ears with the wax. Ulysses – As noon cast it light on his mast, on they sang: “We sing of the past.” And the ship on the waves, in the wind and the tide, Plied its course, to the dusk and the night, And the days of their aim. “We sing of the past,” They sang to the waves and the winds and the tide. And he heard – while the crew heard it not. “We sing of the past, Hear and stay with our song.” Ulysses – In his ship on the waves, in the wind and the tide, Plied his course, to the dusk and the night, And the days of his aim, to his future and fame, In a mirror of tears. Ulysses heeded the song; And his heart yearned for Ithaca’s shores – In his blood, in his soul: Ithaca. World’s End, Enfield 25 October 2014


The Siren Song of Ithaca for SATB

Words by the composer, after Homer, Odyssey, XII

David Lewiston Sharpe

Misterioso. Poco mesto q = 72 p

pp

p

dim.     Soprano               

Alto

U - lys - ses,

U - lys - ses,

p

pp

U - lys - ses,

U - lys - ses,

Tenor

Bass

Bronze hea -ven’s dawn

pp

  

  

on,

 

 

 

  

  

    

on,

  

           

 

wind

    

Si - ren’s

ah

Song,

   

Si - ren’s

ah

mp legatiss.

 

the

Si - ren’s Song – the

mp legatiss.

your ship on;

    

poco

the

poco mf

sped

on;

poco mf

sped

   

p

And then came the Isle Of the

  

Bronze hea -ven’s dawn

 

poco mf

Bronze hea -ven’s dawn

mp legatiss.

on;

Sped your ship

p

U - lys - ses,

poco mf

  p     

dim.

   

pp p               

6

Sped your ship

p

              U - lys - ses, U - lys - ses,

U - lys - ses,

  

 

Bronze hea-ven’s dawn

            p

p

Song,

dim.

a

dim.

dim.

mp legatiss.

your ship on; Words & Music © Copyright 2014 by David Lewiston Sharpe

   ah

dim.

-


2 11

   live.

    

 

poco

             poco mp

“We are the e - cho from

Il - li -on’s walls,

poco mp



“We are the e - cho from

Il - li -on’s walls,

“We are the e - cho from

Il - li -on’s walls,

           poco mp

Il - li -on’s walls,

             poco

voice

meno            

21

ah

 

ah

   ah 

  days.”

  

the

voice,

 

the

We

the

   We

the

 

 

 

ah

ah

  p         

We

poco mp

(U - lys - ses.)

poco mp

poco mp

     

(U - lys - ses.)

 

to

the

poco mp

pp

In the blade when it thrusts in-to myth

   meno           voice, the voice,

  

   

 p             

    

voice,

(U - lys - ses.)

poco

poco mp

We

  

pp

p

voice of the soul from the sword,

(U - lys - ses.)

  

poco mp            



poco mp     

pp

            

“We are the e - cho from

16

  

pp

the songs of the past,

poco mp

  the

  

mf           

  

We are the blast of the storm on the field,

  

        

  

We are the blast of the storm on the field,

        

mf

We are the blast of the storm on the field,

mf

          mf

We are the blast of the storm on the field,

           songs,

  

in those deep and most an - cient of

poco mp

 poco mp         By the tow - ers and

walls;

poco mp

  

Song of the

         

 

   

By the tow - ers and

walls;


3

         26

her

-

dim.       

poco mp

 

the

bat

  poco mp

  

-

the

  

poco mp

    ah

poco mp

   

gods,

the

  

he

heard

poco f maestoso

And

he

     And

  

he

heard

And

he

Sing

     meno

– But the

– As noon

U - lys - ses

– As noon

mp sost.  poco            U - lys - ses – As noon

          mp

U - lys - ses

poco sost.

– As noon

mem- or- y’s

dark - eyed

Si - rens.



wax

        

  

ears with the

wax

  



  

mf

    

mf

ah

its

its

its

  cast

  

poco

ah

  cast

Si - rens.

stopped their ears with the

    

 

cast

dark - eyed

poco

heard

cast

     sf

    

– But the crew stopped their

poco sost.

        

crew

    

36

U - lys - ses

mem- or- y’s

heard

poco f maestoso

gods,”

poco sost.  mp            mp

Sing

meno

poco f maestoso

ah

gods,”

     sf

  e agitato         scuro       

And

ah

Sing

             mem- or- y’s dark - eyed Si - rens.

scuro e agitato             

31

ah

sf

scuro e agitato

tles,

 poco mp   poco f maestoso      poco mp

    

poco mp

the

 

                 Sing mem- or- y’s dark - eyed Si - rens.

o,

sf

scuro e agitato

its

cresc.            

light,

 

noon cast its

light,

 light,

on his mast, on they

             cresc.

light, noon cast its



light

light,

cast

    cresc.     noon cast its

   

light,

its light on they

   noon cast its

   cresc.

noon cast its


4

poco più f

       

40

   sang:

on

poco più f

on

sang:

        light, noon cast its light,         light, noon cast its

mf

We sing

they sang, on they sang:

of

the

mf

       We sing of

the

      49

of

the

“We

sing

 

“We

sing of the

and the tide,



poco p agitato

 

past.”

 

poco p agitato

      on the waves,

     

poco p agitato

past.”

dusk

And the ship

  

and the days

poco mf



“We

       of their aim.

     

poco p agitato

and the days

mp

ah

Vivo, accel.

         Plied its course,

 

poco mf

 

“We

to the

p legato

               p legato

(sing of the past.)

poco mf

Tempo primo

   

       and the night, poco p agitato

  

(sing of the past.)

       

  

mp

in the wind

       

of their aim.

   

past.

ah

   

 

    

past.

poco p agitato

past.”

rit.





of the past.

sing of the

of the past.



poco mf

Poco più vivo, accel.

rit.

 

 

poco mf

   

          We sing of the past.” mf

poco mf

“We

sing

        

   

mf

We sing

“We

they sang, on they sang:

light,

      44

         

 

         poco mf

“We

      

sing

of the past,

past,

the

poco mf

     sing of

    singof the

sing, sing of

poco mf

the

 past,”

 past,”

    

sing of

the

mf  poco      sing of

the

past.”

 past,”

 

meno

They

meno

 

They

   


5

         54

poco f maestoso

 

sang to the waves

And

     

       

heard

“We



 heard

past.”

ses –

poco p agitato

     

In his ship

 

mp

song.”

U - lys -

ah

Hear and stay with our

mp

  



song.”

U - lys-

rit.

ah

   

on the waves,

            

    

p legato

       past.)

      p legato

(the

past.)

mp

 

of his

to the dusk

(the

Plied his course

in the wind

      

mp

meno (mp)



  

poco p agitato

 

heard it not.

Hear and stay with our

and the tide,

poco p agitato

– while the crew

             

ses –

poco

meno

poco p agitato

   

U - lys-

mp

of the past.”

Poco più vivo, accel.

    

                 

               “We sing of the past,

sing

heard it not.

meno

dim.

    

       

poco

sing of the past.”

poco mf

poco mf

– while the crew

dim.

“We sing of the

    ses –

he

he

ah

       

          

 

And

And

poco mf

64

poco mf

ah

  

 

meno

meno

59       

heard

 

poco f maestoso

and the tide.

“We

he

       

poco f maestoso

and the winds

And

meno

heard

poco f maestoso

sang to the waves

  

 



he

poco p

mp

     

And the days of his

     

poco p agitato

mp

  

and the night

     

poco p agitato

of his

and the days


Lento q = 56

6

Meno mosso

69

        

pp sempre e struggimento

 

aim, to his fu - ture and fame,

U - lys - ses

        

         

         aim, to his fu - ture and fame, 

     

U - lys - ses

heed - ed the song;

A tempo (Lento)

   più espress.            74

più espress.

heed - ed the song

 

In a mir - ror of tears.

     

U - lys - ses

      

pp sempre e struggimento

         

And his heart yearned for

heed - ed the song

 

poco p

poco rit.

U - lys - ses

pp sempre e struggimento

heed - ed the song

pp sempre e struggimento

aim, to his fu - ture and fame,

       

I - tha -ca’s shores –

  pp                      In his blood, in his soul: I - tha - ca. poco sfz ppp  pp                     In his blood, in his soul: I - tha - ca. poco sfz ppp   pp                   *) sfz

poco

ppp

      And his heart yearned for I - tha -ca’s shores –    più espress.            And his heart yearned for I - tha -ca’s shores – In his blood, in his soul: I - tha - ca. poco sfz ppp pp   più espress.                                    And his heart yearned for

I - tha -ca’s shores –

In his blood, in his

soul:

I - tha - ca.

* breathy exhalation World’s End, Enfield. 25 October 2014

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