Instrumentation: SATB Choir, Piano
Duration: ca. 5:30
Year of Completion: 2012
The lyric poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) often contains a sense of musicality in its metric placement. Longfellow commented that "what a writer asks of his reader is not so much to like as to listen," and this attention to sound is evident in many of his most-beloved works. The text for this work is a poem told from the perspective of a massive windmill grinding grain in support of its master. The imagery is grandiose with gigantic blades soaring to the sky and church bells ringing on Sunday. The music attempts to capture the energy and inherent lyricism of the poem, with an ebb and flow that reflects the gentle turning of the windmill.