“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune – without words,
And never stops at all…”
Inspired by 16th century madrigals, this setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem of the same name uses rich word painting and a traditional structure, but with more modern harmonic language. Originally intended for a trio of soloists, an SATB version more appropriate to choral performance was created at the request of the Festival Singers of Atlanta.