Pied Beauty — recording

@pmphillips suggested this text to me when I was looking for something a bit creation-y for a unison/2-part community songbook. I didn’t set it for that project, but instead in SATB. It’s short and sweet, and might be suitable for an introit at a Harvest Evensong or similar.

I’m pleased to be able to offer a demo recording of this, both at Soundcloud (where you can download the recording) and, below, via YouTube so you can follow along with the sheet music. The sheet music itself is available as a .pdf from the Choral Public Domain Library.

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;
    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:
                  Praise him.

As usual I have chosen a CC BY-SA license for this work, which means you can use it, even for profit, but you must attribute the creators and you must use a similar license.

This piece is special as it’s the first one I was paid for composing, thanks to kind patrons at Patreon; though perhaps I should say “a kind patron” as it was when I’d only just started using Patreon and had only one patron. So, I was paid $3. Not a lot for the work I put in, really, but everyone has to start somewhere. If you’d like to support me writing more music like this please have a look at my support page.

And, of course, please do keep the text suggestions coming!