The Arrow and the Song

SA(T)B and piano

A setting of the famous Longfellow poem for developing choirs, designed for young voices and choirs with more boys than girls. The poem explores the consequences of our words and actions, an important topic with special relevance to teens. The setting is rhythmic and energetic in the piano, and lyrical in the voices.


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I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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