SSAA & piano
Text: Kevin Crossley-Holland
Commissioned by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus | Martin Benvenuto | California
OUP Songbird series
This delicate, spring-like poem, by poet Kevin Crossley-Holland, is an affectionate salutation to a newborn babe. The poet tells that the parents couldn’t decide on a name for their baby, and that instead of imposing an inappropriate name on her, they will welcome her into the garden of the world and wait for her to ‘declare’ herself. After a hushed introduction of whispered welcomes, the voices burst into a dance-like song in celebration of the new arrival’s homecoming.