Composition Spotlight: "Dream Within a Dream"
Date: May 11, 2014
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet. This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
Dream Within a Dream by Michał Ziółkowski
Level: Advanced High School or Higher
Uses: Masterworks Concert
Program Themes: Dreams, Edgar Alan Poe, Sadness, Loss, Philosophy
This Piece Would Program Well With: La Bella Dame Sans Merci by Charles Villiers Stanford available from sheet music plus
What a text! It maybe should come with the warning label “Caution: Reading this may make you contemplate life, the universe and everything!” Ziolkowski complements Poe’s words with this dreamlike setting. It is beautiful from first note to last. This could be the centerpiece of a concert of Choral Masterworks!
This piece is available from Michał Ziółkowski and is listed as “Free.”