Dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Anna M. Thompson, Daniel Stowe
and University of Notre Dame Glee Club
Duration: 5 minutes
Live performance by the Notre Dame Glee Club conducted by Daniel Stowe
Gerard Manley Hopkins
GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Dappled Things (2015) sets Gerard Manley Hopkins' Pied Beauty, and Thomas' instinctive understanding of the sprung rhythms of Hopkins' poetry led her to fashion a jazz-inflected choral scherzo with the unerringly placed verbal stresses generating a momentum both graceful and unstoppable.
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