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Saison des semailles, le soir
[Sowing Season, Evening]

Instrumentation: SATB chorus, a cappella
Duration: 5:00
Year Composed: 2004
Text: Victor Hugo [in French]

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Performed by Pro Coro Canada, conducted by Michael Zaugg, in Edmonton, AB, at All Saints' Cathedral (Oct 19, 2014).


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Program Notes

Saison des semailles, le soir.

C’est le moment crépusculaire.
J’admire, assis sous un portail,
ce reste de jour dont s’éclaire
la dernière heure du travail.

Dans les terres, de nuit baignées,
je contemple, ému, les haillons
d’un vieillard qui jette à poignées
la moisson future aux sillons.

Sa haute silhouette noire
domine les profonds labours.
On sent à quel point il doit croire
à la fuite utile des jours.

Il marche dans la plaine immense,
va, vient, lance la graine au loin,
rouvre sa main, et recommence,
et je médite, obscur témoin,

pendant que, déployant ses voiles,
l’ombre, où se mêle une rumeur,
semble élargir jusqu'aux étoiles
le geste auguste du semeur.—Victor Hugo

"Saison des semailles, le soir" is an SATB a cappella setting, in the original French, of a Victor Hugo poem, from his 1865 collection Chansons des Rues et des Bois. The poem features a narrator passively observing an old farmer in rags, hard at work, methodically seeding his field in the twilight. As shadows envelop the farmer, the observer marvels at the farmer's life-affirming labour.—R.R.


Performances

  • May 24, 2015—Pro Coro Canada
    Michael Zaugg, cond. Northern Arts & Cultural Centre, Yellowknife, NT.
  • May 22, 2015—Pro Coro Canada
    Michael Zaugg, cond. Ryerson United Church, Vancouver, BC.
  • Oct 19, 2014—Pro Coro Canada
    Michael Zaugg, cond. All Saints' Cathedral, Edmonton, AB.

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