for chamber chorus a cappella
||Mixed Chamber Chorus A Cappella
Rachel is one of the most prominent Hebrew poets. Her poems reflect passion for nature, especially the Kinneret Lake found in northern Israel, as well as sorrow and disappointment. These three songs for chorus, classically represent sorrow of lost love through descriptions of nature.
1. After growth
2. Maybe flowers
||Three Songs for Mixed Chorus
Poems by Rachel
I neither ploughed, nor seed
nor prayed for rain.
But suddenly – look! My fields grew
Sun-full grain instead of centaury.
Is it an after-growth’s crop from ancient days?
Is it wheat of joy reaped from those days?
that attended to me in the days of poverty,
break through me in a mysterious manner.
Grow, grow fields of wonder.
Grow, grow and reward quickly
I remember the words of comfort:
You will eat after-growth.
In the garden’s flowers bed, hot and dewy landscape,
“Maybe” flowers grew fresh;
As the best of gardeners I skilled to nurse them,
as the best of gardeners!
And night after night – a sentry stands of guard
At the garden’s gates with no fear.
I covered my blossom from the cold wind.
A wind of certainty.
But it found my secret and fooled me,
But it kept watching the verdict:
To turn my playground into graveyard.
To turn it into graveyard.
More than once I have seen: the axe was woven
and dropped and pierced the flesh;
Gleaned in the dust it stretched out with dead silence-
That is the trembling and streaming landscape.
The orphan remnant is stand out
Unnecessary and bared.
And it always seems:
this time the tree will not forget, will not forgive. . .
Look at it again, only one year will pass –
You will stand wondering, look:
To the sky as before, the tree yearned,
And streaming as before, and trembling.
Free translation from the Hebrew was made by the composer.