Night On A Starry Hill

SATB a cappella

Duration: 4 min

Text: Marjorie Pickthall

Boosey & Hawkes

Winning entry in the 2014 DaCapo Chamber Choir NewWorks competition.

The music ebbs and flows  with blossoming phrases and

captivating imagery of the text by Canadian poet, Marjorie Pickthall. The constant repetition of

the E further depicts life’s flow, while the final phrases articulate a sweeping motion as if to

portray a starry night and the repetition of the roads illustrating life’s long journey toward the

road’s final ending.

Give me a few more hours to pass
With the mellow flower of the elm-bough falling,
And then no more than the lonely grass
And the birds calling.

Give me a few more days to keep
With a little love and a little sorrow,
And then the dawn in the skies of sleep
And a clear to-morrow.

Give me a few more years to fill
With a little work and a little lending,
And then the night on a starry hill
And the road’s ending.



Hal Leonard

Boosey and Hawkes

Themes: Night, Stars, Hill, Journey, Path, Road, Sky, Death, Longing, Love, Nature


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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