Gerard Manley Hopkins: Pied Beauty

Last night, my dear friend Tinsley Silcox and I were texting about TTBB rep. It reminded me that I actually did write something for TTBB chorus other than the all too ubiquitous Manly Men's Chorus.

Here is the fabulous Gary Packwood conducting the Louisiana All State Men's Chorus. This is my setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Pied Beauty". I have placed images of the poet in the video and the text of the poem below. This piece hasn't received much attention, but I think it deserves some more performances.


GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; 5
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: 10
Praise him.