A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
for mixed SATB choir
Instrumentation: mixed SATB choir (a cappella with divisis, SSAATTBB)
Commissioned by the Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt, director
World Premiere: Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt, director, July 28, 2011, The European Festival of Church Music, Schwäbisch Gemünd, Germany.
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
The text for A Dream Within A Dream is derived from the Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same name. Poe wrote this poem when he was eighteen, and it was first published in 1849, the year he died. The poem may be viewed as a reflection on Poe’s feelings about his life at the time, and dramatizes his confusion in watching the important people in his life slip away, like grains of sand. Realizing he cannot hold onto even one grain of sand leads to his final question: "Is all that we see or seem, But a dream within a dream?"
A Dream Within a Dream was commissioned by Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik for Nicol Matt and the Chamber Choir of Europe.