Trees – Five Hymns and Poems to the Miracles of Nature for Solo Piano
Seymour Bernstein has almost a religious feeling about trees. These pieces express his reverence for nature’s miracles. Each of the delightful poems sets the scene, and the pencil sketches further enhance the performer’s awareness of what the hymn is about. The beautiful music is mostly tonal with some extended tonalities. The melodies and styles reflect each tree’s characteristics. The hymns are titled: The Young Maple, The Willow, The Magnolia, The Dying Birch, The Sequoias. The Sequoias poem reads: Majestic pillars, born in ancient times, for all your strength, the blush of modesty; To think you witnessed all of Sappho’s rhymes, and lived when Homer spun his Odyssey. This is an excellent choice for theme recitals and a good collection of art, music and literature for students.
• a good collection of art, music and literature for students