The Lark Ascending
|HE rises and begins to round,|
|He drops the silver chain of sound|
|Of many links without a break,|
|In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake,|
|All intervolv’d and spreading wide,||5|
|Like water-dimples down a tide|
|Where ripple ripple overcurls|
|And eddy into eddy whirls;|
|A press of hurried notes that run|
|So fleet they scarce are more than one,||10|
|Yet changingly the trills repeat|
|And linger ringing while they fleet,|
|Sweet to the quick o’ the ear, and dear|
|To her beyond the handmaid ear. . .|
Read the rest here.
The piece for violin and orchestra, like much, if not most, of the music of Vaughan Williams, is evocative of the English countryside, and it has been recorded by many violinists of note. A recent CD by Nicola Benedetti includes the piece, and it is one of my favorite recordings of the work that I've heard so far. But an mp3 version is not available to date, and the CD is an import, hence the hefty price tag. You can enjoy some of the piece in the soloist's official music video of the piece, here on YouTube (non-embeddable, or I'd include it here), or listen to part of it on her website.
Here, however, is part one of the piece as played by the equally talented Janine Jansen:
This week's Poetry Friday round-up is being held at Paper Tigers.