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Dappled Things (2015)

For TTBB male choir (and a version for SSAA female choir)
Text by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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


Daniel Stowe, conductor of the North Dame Glee Club

Pied Beauty
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:
Praise him.


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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Selected Reviews

Stuart Sillitoe, MusicWeb International "Dappled Things sets a text by the English poet and Jesuit Gerald Manley Hopkins, this is a strong text that deals with the glory of creation and the Glee Club are more than capable of bringing this wonderful setting to life."


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