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Dedicated to my grandfather Peter Forgue, an artist in wrought iron, who also hand-built a house by the sea.

To The House
Robinson Jeffers


Soprano
Alto

PETER BIRD

Andante q=80

Andante q=80

Principal



S.
6

A.

heap -

heap


T.
bones, I am

B.

hea -

Org.

bones,

heap - ing

ing the bones,

heap -

ping the bones,

bones,

The bones

of the

ing the

bones,

of the old

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am


mo - ther,

(sim.)

mo - ther,

of

(sim.)

old

of the old

Flute mp

heap - ing bones

ing the bones,


marcato
(sim.)

of the old

am

(sim.)

heap - ing bones

marcato

I am heap - ing the


(sim.)

bones

mf

marcato

mf

ping the

ping the

marcato

I am heap

I am

Chimes




mf

I am heap


Tenor


Bass

Organ

mo

(sim.)

mo - ther,

V.S.


S.

12

A.

T.

old

mo - ther

the mo -

ther

To

old mo

build

us a


hold,

gainst the

A.

air,

q=96

mf

gainst

a - gainst
the

A accel.


host

gainst

of

the

host

the

air,

a - gainst the
mf

of

host

us a

the

of

host

air,

mf

the

q=96

the

air,

legato

hold

(both p

Flute staves)

the


of

host


the

air,


host,

the

a -

hold


B.

Org.

of the

hold

legato

hold,

mf

gainst the

T.

host

accel.

build us

a legato

build

hold

hold,

(sim.)

us a

legato

hold,

(sim.)

S.

19

build

build us

to build us a

hold,

hold,

To build us

ther

(sim.)

(sim.)

To build us a

ther


B.

Org.

host,

host


V.S.

rit.

q=80

S.




of

A.

the

rit.

Org.

of

the

host
of the air.

T.

B.

host

the

of

the

air.

mp

mp

mp

air.

mp

28

air.

q=80

(both
Principal mf staves)

38

Adagio q=70


S.
A.

T.


B.

Org.

B
Adagio
q=70

mf

Gran - ite, gran


mf

ite,

Gran - ite, gran


mf

Gran - ite,

mf

gran - ite

the

blood

ite,

gran - ite

the

blood

gran - ite

the

blood

gran

Gran - ite, gran

ite,

ite,

gran - ite

the

blood

V.S.

45

S.
heat

A.

heat

T.

B.

of her youth,

Held molt -

en


the heart,


the heart,

heart,

molt - en
ff

held molt
ff

molt
ff

in

en

en

held molt - en

in

en

in

a -

ness

gainst the

heart,

ness

a - gainst

hot dark

ness

a - gainst

dark

hot

ness

a - gainst the

hot

dark

ff

in

dark


en in

of her youth, Held molt

held

Org.

52

Held molt


S.

B.

hot


heat

T.

in

of her youth,

A.

of her youth, Held molt - en

heat

Org.

hot

dark

hot

in

ness

dark

hot

a - gainst the

ness

a - gainst

gainst

dark - ness a -

gainst

mf

con brio

heart,

mf con brio


the heart,

mf

con brio

the heart,

mf con brio


the

heart,

Chimes

V.S.

S.


Hard - ened
to tem - per
un - der


A.
Hard - ened
to tem - per
un - der

T.
to tem - per
un
Hard - ened

B.

58

q=80 f

Hard - ened

Org.

C
q=80

to

63

S.
cean
cav


A.


cean
cav - al


T.
cean
cav

B.

cean

Org.

tem - per

the feet,

un - der the

the feet,

un - der the

al - ry

that

are

der the

al - ry

that

are maned

cav - al - ry

that

are maned

Of

feet

the o

the

D
Principal

with snow,

with

with

snow,

with

with snow,

snow

snow

with snow

with snow,

Of

the

are maned

Of

feet

maned

der the


feet
Of the
o

that

feet

- ry

(stress on 3)

un

with

snow

V.S.


S.
67

A.

from

And

march

the re - mot

est,

the re

mot - est


T.


And
march
from the
re - mot - est west,
And march from the re - mot - est


B.

And

march

from

the

And

Org.

march

mot - est

the

west.

re - mot - est

71

mp

T.

west.
This is the prim - i - tive rock.

B.

west.

Larghetto q=62

mp


Here in the wet

west.

Org.

from


S.
A.

re

This

is the prim - i - tive

(both
Flute
staves)

rock.

Here

in

Quar

the wet

Quar

ry

Larghetto q=62

ry

V.S.

S.

mf

77

un

A.

T.

B.

Org.

un

der

the

sha - dow
mf

the sha -

der

accel.

of

waves



dow

of

waves

Whose hol - lows mouth - ed the dawn;


f

Whose hol - lows mouth - ed the dawn;

accel.

Lit - tle

Lit - tle
f

Lit - tle

Lit - tle


Principal

G
Adagio q=72

S.

82

house:

A.

house:

Each stone

Each stone


house: Each stone


B.
T.

house:

Org.

Each stone

G
q=72
Adagio

bap

bap

bap

tiz - ed from that a - bys

tiz - ed from that a - bys

tiz - ed

bap

tiz - ed

from that a - bys

from that a - bys

mal

font

The

mal font

mal

sea,

The sea,

font

The

mal font

sea,

the

The

the

sea,

V.S.


S.

87

A.

T.

B.

Org.

sea,

sea,

gave

A.

gave

T.

bonds


gave
bonds


B.

gave

Org.

the

to

af -

and

and

firm,


af -

firm,

af - firm,

the

se -

cret

the

se - cret

and

the

se - cret

and

af -

firm,

to

to

sea

to

sea

bonds

sea

the

bonds



S.

sea

the

90

the

the

earth

earth

se - cret

earth

earth

af - firm

you.

af - firm

af - firm

you.

you.

af - firm

you.

To The House
Robinson Jeffers
I am heaping the bones of the old mother
To build us a hold against the host of the air;
Granite the blood-heat of her youth
Held molten in hot darkness against the heart
Hardened to temper under the feet
Of the ocean cavalry that are maned with snow
And march from the remotest west.
This is the primitive rock, here in the wet
Quarry under the shadow of waves
Whose hollows mouthed the dawn; little house each stone
Baptized from that abysmal font
The sea and the secret earth gave bonds to affirm you.
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Poem by Robinson Jeffers.
Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, edited by Tim Hunt, Volume I.
Copyright 1938, renewed 1966 by Donnan Jeffers and Garth Jeffers.
Jeffers Literary Properties.
Used with the permission of Stanford University Press, www.sup.org.
No further use, reproduction, distribution in any or by any means, are permitted without
the prior written permission of the publisher.
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Music and score: Copyright 2005 by George Peter Bird.
By arrangement with Stanford University Press.
This music and score may be freely performed and recorded, without further permission from composer.
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Robinson Jeffers and his wife Una moved in 1914 to Carmel, California, at the north end
of the rugged Big Sur coast. Here he would build Tor House (and later, Hawk Tower)
from granite on the site, and celebrate the work with this poem that invokes the four
classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water.

Dedicated to my grandfather Peter Forgue, an artist in wrought iron, who also hand-built a house by the sea.

To The House

Robinson Jeffers

Organ Andante q=80

Chimes

Principal

13

19

A accel.

q=96

23

32

q=80

mp

Flute

PETER BIRD

(both p

Flute staves)


rit.

Principal mf

(both
staves)

V.S.

Adagio q=70

38

44

Organ

50

Chimes q=80

56

Principal

61

65

69

q=72
Adagio

87

91


Principal

accel.

Larghetto q=62

82



(both
Flute
staves)

77

72

Organ