“The World Colored by Snow,” Brandon Nelson (satb choir)

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A gentle mountain snowfall…an icy midnight sojourn…the simple, quiet joy of first snow…

I found the perfect voice for the feelings and scenes of winter I wanted to convey in the tiny verses known as haiku.  I’ve always loved haiku. I admire the expressive power that the skilled poet can wring out of such bare economic means.  A scene, painted so poignantly, so vividly—an essence, a sigh, a quick, visceral sketch to capture the deceptively-simple drama of nature revealing itself.  They are epigrams of life.

I hope these little morsels of music and words fill you with the essence of the winter season and that I’ve been able to impart some of the enthusiasm and admiration I feel for this wonderful aspect of Japanese culture.

(complete details in the program notes)




SATB choir with piano


ca. 5′

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2 thoughts on ““The World Colored by Snow,” Brandon Nelson (satb choir)

    Holly Massie said:
    November 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Brandon I featured this haunting composition in my November Choral linkup http://stairwellcarollers.blogspot.ca/2013/11/november-2013-choral-linky-party-now-on.html#.UnqEGBDrTK4
    Come add another one — Holly :)

    My Year in Music, 2013 | The Music of Brandon Nelson said:
    December 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    […] the text and was free to choose the musical style and other important parameters.  The result was a seven movement piece setting winter-themed haiku.  The choirs worked very hard throughout the fall semester and presented a wonderful premiere in […]

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