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Last night, I heard

r lark stng

by Philippe Maniez

An original piece for mixed choir (SATB) and


four soloists (SATB)

The song is sung from the point of ziew of protagonist,


its
who
hs herd lark singing in the u;oods. The ark,
who sings at the
brqk pl dgan, rditipng'.,Il.g wmbpliss th
unris. in g ar.tapharig:
wcly: his song lso signifies a changing af
the wind,s
,r* beginnings.
Throughout the song' the protagonisi expresses
both his antici.patinn for
change and, at times, his
feel'ing of heiptessness when the lark song
would not corne. The pfece ,ts an ode to h,ope.

ii,i

unless specified, when 'divisi'is mentioned the


section should divide
in half in order to give both notes equal importance.
occasionalry, it
is specified that orriy or. soprano should
sing the rop voice, while the
othere eing the lo"wer. During lgng paesgee
of hurnming, ingprq can
(and should!) stagger breathslf neJessary
in order keep an even rexrure.

For

theJ.I.B' 2014Winter

Semestef Acapella Elsembte

Last night, I heard a lark sing


Ptilippe

Slow and stately ) = 54

tli

Soprano Solo

TENOR

S. Solo

sha-dows

wi - rhin

And

these woods

as

heard

the lark- sing. then

S. Solo

=<*: = * -:

knew that my dayshould rise.

s.

A-

T,

lstnight I heard

lark-sing ftom e shadows wihin t}rese woods

l.-astnight I heard

lark_sing &om the

last night heard

sing ftom

And

as

I heard the lark*sing,

thenl

adows wihin ese woods oh, And

as

l heard

enl

dows

In these

woods

And I

the lark_sing,

heard it

sing

knew that my day

-*--.-.--

oa

'i...

-,--:-

knew that my day should rise.

Ooh

I{m-

Ooh_

>

Ah

Ah Ooh--*-

My

nighthad la*edmrymoons when its

_--_=/
me-lodycqmetome

At lastltbe

fe - so- nat}ce di_vine in

at frrestsongset me

non div.

&ee.

Ooh-

$igttOy faster and rnore concerned

= 68

Ooh
non div-

if

black should make

way

for the

Song to bring thc day a-ncw; Srrong and clcar! Thc nigbt i6 through.

'

wf

When I

heard ttre

tPhen I

'tJ?hen I

lark_

sing,

doo - ding

heard the lark

sing,

floo

heard e

sing,

floo -

heard

the

larlr-

sails with

gra - ce's

- ding sails with Grace's

ding sails with gra - ce's

sails wi

Gra -

ce's

wind.

wind,

wind.

wind'

(sop. 1)
35

s.

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Lf rryln-tr s'.bpgld

mak

rysy

fs: $pric.?

A.

Vhat if win-ter

In-to spring,Ool

should

Yt no

$un would come ta,

"s'rrn

a-y days

sun worrld rise!

sun would come to

Mary days the sunwould rise!

sun would come to

f
'--

irtP

wquJd rjs!

y.s_

Ma+ry fu

T,

Sfhat if

v'dn-ter should make way

way
j-T-T]

Vhat if win-ter should


B.

rrirl

make

spring?

fo:

sprlng?

non div-

tt

lVhat if win-ter should?

In-to spring,Ooh

Aah

come

to.

I
In tempo

Vhat if black should ne-ver turn

to

blue?

tr1-q

talt cesc. p

Ooh*

(back to ensemble)

And thenshould

approx. 3-4 seconds

Rise!-

High E may be passed on to a second soprano during the held note in order to make

i sufficiently long.

) = 54 on cue - statery and ceremonious

S. Sol'o

Last night,Iheard a larksingfromtheshadowswitrinthesewoods

-'----.--.--l

Hmm-

SoloWhistle
(Optional)

And

as

I heardttre

lark- singrthen

knew that

my dayshould rise.