Curve of Gold
Donald M. Skirvin - Donald Skirvin
Scored for Soprano, SATB (some divisi), and piano, "Curve of Gold" is a meditation on love's journey as we seek, find, and sometimes lose our way. The musical language is modern but tonal with rich chordal underpinnings and features a robust piano part. Performance time is approximately 12:30 m/s. This setting of Sara Teasdale poems explores love's journey through four vignettes. The set opens with the tale of ephemeral love, comparing the eternal cycles of the moon to the brevity of love. The second movement expresses how another's love transforms our common experience and sets the shared surroundings "delicately alight." The third movement contemplates love's loss, and the memories of kinder times. The final movement describes how we can carry love as a beacon, a lamp, through the darkness as life reaches its journey's end. For a YouTube version of the premiere performance, go to: https://youtu.be/qeGPaY5eegY.