Madrigals for the Seasons was composed especially for Cappella SF, Ragnar Bohlin, conductor. The theme of Longfellow’s great poem “Snow-flakes” is human loss and grief. The poetic structure is reflected in the musical phrase structure, with the resolution withheld until the end of each stanza. The mournful harmonies sung on a wordless syllable often accompany the main melodic line in various sections of the choir, who intone the full text. The mood of the madrigal is intensely sorrowful, as the speaker searches the sky for signs of God’s presence in the face of his grief.
The poetic structure of this Longfellow poem is reflected in the musical phrases. Mournful harmonies on wordless syllables accompany the main melodic line. The mood is sorrowful, as the speaker searches for signs of God's presence in the face of grief. Duration: 5:30