Bosba PANH

Music

Vespers


Walnut Hill School for the Arts Students choir - conductor: Jonathan Richter
2014
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Story

Music: Bosba; Text: A.A. Milne " Vespers"

Vespers” is the title of my second choral piece. Is is based on the poem with the same title by A.A.Milne (1882-1956). I wrote it in October of 2014 and it took me approximatively a month to finish it. I set this poem to music because it talks about Winnie the Pooh and I have had a childhood fascination with Winnie the Pooh: I have a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear. I got it the day I was born. Setting the text of “Vespers” was pretty special because I was able to find inspiration in my childhood. I was inspired to start writing choral music on a subject that touches on the composer’s childhood after performing with the Youth Chorale at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Program (under the baton of Jonathan Richter), John Corigliano’s “ Fern Hill” based on Dylan Thomas’ poem. “Vespers” is a SAATB choral piece (for bass, alto 1 and 2, tenor and soprano), written in a classical style with hints of jazz harmony inspired by Bill Evans.

Lyrics


Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,                                 

Droops on the little hands little gold head.                                                

Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!                                         

Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.                    

 

God bless Mummy. I know that's right.

Wasn't it fun in the bath to-night?

The cold's so cold, and the hot's so hot.

Oh! God bless Daddy - I quite forgot.

 

If I open my fingers a little bit more,

I can see Nanny's dressing-gown on the door.

It's a beautiful blue, but it hasn't a hood.

Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

 

Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,

And pull the hood right over my head,

And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,

And nobody knows that I'm there at all.

 

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.

And what was the other I had to say?

I said "Bless Daddy," so what can it be?

Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

 

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,

Droops on the little hands little gold head.

Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!

Christopher Robin is saying his prayers