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O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright

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Romeo and Juliet I:5

Romeo can’t take his eyes off the pretty Juliet. Mesmerized, his thoughts keep flitting and sparking. In keeping with the Shakespearian mood, I stylized this composition so as to evoke Renaissance folk music using dance rhythms beat out with a tambourine. And only as the line 'For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night' is reached at the end of the opus, I allow myself to thicken the colors of the harmony, the better to express the effect of the experience on Romeo’s soul. The whistling by one of the singers—it is Romeo himself, a moment later still contemplating his encounter with Juliet.

from notes by Ēriks Ešenvalds © 2020


Ešenvalds: There will come soft rains & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD603Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD603 [5'35] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD603 track 7

Recording date
10 April 2018
Recording venue
Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
John Struzenberg
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  1. Ešenvalds: There will come soft rains & other choral works (SIGCD603)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: January 2020
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