This piece is part of the set Songs of love and longing
The next piece is I went to heaven
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy Winter Afternoons individually using the link on this page.
This piece is a depiction of the melancholy of winter afternoons. The rise and fall of the soprano line introduces light and shade, and this can be echoed by dynamic rises and falls in the lower parts. But the piece has a whole is not dramatic and should have rather a monotonic and tolling quality.
A recording by Rudsambee company of singers is available on their album bottled at source (RUBEECD003).
There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons — That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes —
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us — We can find no scar, But internal difference, Where the Meanings, are —
None may teach it — Any — ‘Tis the Seal Despair — An imperial affliction Sent us of the Air—
When it comes, the Landscape listens — Shadows — hold their breath— When it goes, ‘tis like the Distance On the look of Death--
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