LIFE IS BUT 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 and initial melody for Life is But a Dream is derived from the English nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat, a popular round sung by children all over the world. While working on this piece, I discovered that there quite a few variations—most of them humorous—as well as versions in various languages.
In Life is But a Dream, I use the English text in its entirety and also words and phrases from the German, French, Latin and Italian versions. Throughout the piece I superimpose different words and phrases, creating a kind of flowing, quilt-like dreamscape.