The Star of Love

SATB a cappella
Text:Richard Crashaw
Duration: 3 min
Publisher: G.I.A Music

An ode to the star of love this SATB, a cappella anthem extols the beauty of evening and the star that decorates the night sky. A moderate tempo and frequently shifting meters give an almost conversational quality to this lovely piece.

The Star of Love now shines above Cool zephyrs crisp the sea; Among the leaves the wind-harp weaves, Its serenade for thee! The star, the breeze, the wave, the trees, Their minstrelsy unite, But all seems drear till thou appear, To decorate the night! The light of noon streams from the moon Tho’ with a milder ray; O’er hill and grove like woman’s love, It cheers us on our way. Thus all that’s bright, the moon, the night, The heav’ns, the earth, the sea, Exert their pow’rs to bless the hours, We dedicate to thee!



About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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