It Is Happiness, a choral suite for treble voices and chamber orchestra is a fresh and lively setting of iconic poems by one of America’s most significant and best-selling poets, Mary Oliver.
“… Oliver’s poetry has been a touchstone for understanding our world and ourselves. She described her work as loving the world. Her poems capture the human spirit and nature’s complexity with wonder and awe.”
Joan Szymko is one of just a handful of composers ever granted permission to set Oliver’s poetry to music. A master of vibrant and illuminating text setting, Szymko is at her best here.
It Is Happiness, may be performed with full [fl,ob,cl,hrn,bsn,vn(2),vc,pno] or reduced [fl,vn,vc,pno] forces. JS-118.1 (Chorus with piano reduction) is to be used in rehearsal preparation for performance of either of the the available orchestrations.
Movement No.1 The Summer Day is available as a stand alone movement with piano and flute obbligato for SSA or SAB voicing.
|JS-118 (Conductor)licensed PDF||SSA, fl,ob,cl,hrn,bsn,vn(2),vc,pno||20:00||N/A|
|JS-118R (Conductor)licensed PDF||SSA, fl,vn,vc,pno||20:00||$11.00|
|JS-118.1 (piano-vocal/rehearsal)licensed PDFChorus & Piano Reduction||SSA||$7.50|
|JS-118RP (set parts)licensed pdf / Reduced Forces||fl,vn,vc,pno||$15.00|
|JS-118 No.1 The Summer Dayaudio sample||N/A||https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/It%20Is%20Happiness_No.1%20The%20Summer%20Day.mp3|
|JS-118 No.2 Sunriseaudio sample||N/A||https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/02%20It%20Is%20Happiness_No.2%20Sunrise.mp3|
|JS-118 No.3 Wild Geeseaudio sample||N/A||https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/03%20It%20Is%20Happiness_No.3%20Wild%20Geese.mp3|