Murmur of Spring in Time of Frost

On Friday, December 12, Ars Musica audiences will hear the world premiere of “Murmur of spring in time of frost” by our 2014–2015 Composer-in-Residence Joshua Groffman. Enjoy a preview of what the composer has to say about this groundbreaking new work.

Murmur of spring in time of frost is a kind of secular carol. It invokes the pleasures of winter, while reminding those of us already “murmuring for spring” that the cyclical nature of the year means both the good and bad of any season is always ephemeral. The text is excerpted from Dylan Thomas’s poem “Foster the Light,” which is at the center of my year-long collaboration with Ars Musica Chorale. As a whole, the poem treats on the idea of artistic creation, painting it fundamentally as a celebration of life’s diversity and complexity. In this excerpt, the imagery is of nature, the farmer, the sowing of seeds, the growth of vegetables, and the turning of “the four-fruited ridings,” the four seasons. I hope the text and its musical setting will be understood on two levels: as a celebration of the changing seasons and everything they bring with them, and a celebration of the cycle of life, and everything that, too, brings with it.

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