Our 11th QuaranTune is Sleep by American composer Eric Whitacre. This was chosen by soprano Gill, who recalls choir winning the British Heart Foundation’s Scratch Choral Challenge and performing it at the Royal Albert Hall.
The lyrics are by the poet Charles Anthony Silvestri.
The evening hangs beneath the moon
A silver thread on darkened dune
With closing eyes and resting head
I know that sleep is coming soon
Upon my pillow safe in bed
A thousand pictures fill my head
I cannot sleep, my mind’s a-flight
And yet my limbs seem made of lead
If there are noises in the night
A frightening shadow, flickering light
As I surrender unto sleep
Where clouds of dream give second sight
What dreams may come both dark and deep
On flying wings and soaring leap
As I surrender unto sleep (Dark and Deep)
This recording comes from the choir’s 40th anniversary CD.