Scenes from Gjeilo's majestic native Norway inspired this contemporary poem.
Words and music are fused in a poignant, yet lyrical work with a pulse of its own.
An excellent festival choice for mature women's choirs.
Full score and Optional String Quartet (or ensemble) available.
Duration: ca. 3:30.
SSAA, piano, optional string quartet
Lyrics: Charles A. Silvestri
Publisher: Walton Music
The lyrics for Tundra were written by Charles Anthony Silvestri, specifically for this work. I asked Tony to write a text based on the title, and some photos of a part of my native Norway that is very dear to me; the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. It’s pretty close to where my father grew up, a ski resort town called Geilo, in the mountains between Oslo and Bergen.
This area is quite barren, and intensely beautiful. It is easy to feel that you are treading on sacred land, which Tony so wonderfully expresses in his text:
Wide, worn and weathered,
Of green and white and granite grey;
Snowy patches strewn,
Anchored to the craggy earth,
While clouds dance
Across the vast, eternal sky.