ELGAR – Song No.2 – The Snow – version for 3 Vocal soloists or full female choir, two obligato violoncello soloists, and piano


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ELGAR – Song No.2 – The Snow – version for 3 Vocal soloists or full female choir, two obligato violoncello soloists, and piano


PDF 1 – Cello Soloist 1

PDF 2 – Cello Soloist 2
PDF 3 – original vocal/piano score


“The Snow” (Op.26/1) is a part-song of Edward Elgar with accompaniments for two violins and pianoforte. The words are written by Caroline Alice Elgar. and it is a companion piece to “Fly, Singing Bird”. The songs are set for three female voices (or choir); the writing for two violin obligatory soloists – here prepared by David Johnstone for two cellos – is by Elgar himself, and was first published in 1895 by Novello. The duration is between 5 and 6 minutes.

An ideal work for two cello performers of professional ability, especially collaborating with female choirs, with the possibility to convey an expressiveness not so far displaced from the composer’s famous E minor Cello Concerto!

English text:

O snow, which sinks so light,
Brown earth is hid from sight
O soul, be thou as white as snow,
O snow, which falls so slow,
Dear earth quite warm below;
O heart, so keep thy glow
Beneath the snow.

O snow, in thy soft grave
Sad flow’rs the winter brave;
O heart, so sooth and save, as does the snow.
The snow must melt, must go,
Fast, fast as water flow.
Not thus, my soul, O sow
Thy gifts to fade like snow.

O snow, thou’rt white no more,
Thy sparkling too, is o’er;
O soul, be as before,
Was bright the snow.
Then as the snow all pure,
O heart be, but endure;
Through all the years full sure,
Not as the snow.



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