Originally composed for my son’s school production of the Shakespeare play, this “Romeo & Juliet” eventually found its way to singer/songwriter Anne Hills. I presented the piece to the Hilliard Ensemble and they performed it as an encore at many of their concerts (audio clip preview).
Romeo & Juliet / music by Peter Erskine, lyrics by Anne Hills
As the wings of night unfold
And its darkest feathers spread
None can bargain with the sun
Nor escape the deepest bed.
Dark needs light, its brighter twin
One without the other lost
Formed together ring and pin
Life the purchase, death the cost.
Time, so time will bring us home
Lift us, troubled hearts and true
Carry forth these broken things
Capulet and Montague.
This piece for S-A-T-B may be sung by as few as 4 voices, or by as many as desired. It is a simple yet effective choral piece, suitable for professional, amateur or school ensembles. The purchase price includes the score plus individual S-A-T-B parts.