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commissioned bv the Dale Warland Sinsers

dedicated in deepest'friendship to Dr. Bruce"Mayhall

WATER
for
NIGHT S.A.T.B. Chorus, a cappella
Original Spanish text by Music by
Octavio Paz Eric Whitacre
Translation by
Muriel Rukeyser

Night with
Adagio, sempre legato

For rehearsal only P

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the night, night with eyes of wa- ter in the field- a - sleep

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night with eyes wa- ter in the field sleep- is-

night, night with eyes_ of_ wa- ter in the field sleep is

the night, night with eyes of wa - ter in the field


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Text Copyright @ 1959 by Ocvio Paz and Muriel Rukeyser.


Reprind by permission of Octavio Paz.

This arrangement Copyright @ 1996 Walton Music Corp. www.waltonmusic.com


Intemational Copyright Secured Made in U.S.A. All Rights Reserved
your horse that trem - bles- is in your

eyes, horse that trem - bles- ls ln your

your eyes, horse that trem - bles- your

your eyes, horse that trem - bles- your

of- se - cret Eyes

, sub, f

se - cret

se - crel Eyes-

se - cret Eyes-
sha-dow-wa- ter,- well - wa- ter,_

sha- dow - wa - ter.- well - wa-ter,-

of sha - dow - wa - ter, eyes of well - wa- ter,-


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of sha - dow - wa - ter, eyes of well - wa - ter,_

eyes of dream - wa - ter sol - i-tude,


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eyes of dream - wa - ter- Si - lence

eyes of dream - wa - ter and

eyes of dream - wa - ter Si - lence

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an - i-ma1s moon - led ln eyes,

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two lit - tle an - i - mals moon - led eyes,

drink your

drink

drink in those wa - ters If you o - pen your eyes

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drink wa - ters If you o - pen your eyes
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wa - ters If you o - pen your eyes

drink wa - ters If you o - pen your eyes night


o - pens of musk, the se- cret king-dom of the

of musk, the se- cret king-dom of the

o - pens musk,-

doors- of the

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flow- ing from the cen - ter of the night

flow- ing from the cen - ter of the night

king - dom of the wa - ter o - pens flow- ing from the cen - ter of the night

king- dom of the wa - ter o - pens flow- ing from the cen - ter of the night
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And if you close your nv - er, si - lent and beau- ti - ful


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And if you close your eyes, rrv - er, si - lent and beau- ti - ful
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And if you close your eyes, si - lent and beau- ti - ful


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And if you close Your si - lent and beau- ti - ful

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for - ward,
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fi1ls with

cur - rent, fills- you_ from- with in, for - ward,

cur - rent, fills- you- rom- with flows

fil1s-
for - ward, dark - ens you Night brings its wet - ness

dark - ens Night brings its wet - ness

for - ward, dark - ens you Night brings its wet - ness

for - ward, dark - ens Night brings its wet - ness

beach - es in your

beach - es in your soul

beach - es soul

beach - es in your soul


PROGRAM NOTES

The poetry of Octavio Paz is a composer's dream. The music seems to


set itself (without the usual sruggle that invariably accompanies this
task) and the process feels more like cleaning the oils from an ancient
canvas !o reveal the hidden music than composing. Wer Night was no
exception, and the tight harmonies and patient unfolding seemed to
pour from the poetry from the first reading, singing its magic even
after the English translation. Water Night is simply the nural musical
expression of this beautiful poem, and is dedicated with my greatest
sincerity to my friend and confidant Dr. Bruce lMayhall.

GEI\IERAL PERFORMANCE NOTE

In all ftree or four-part women's or men's divisi sections, there should


be a division of voices resulting in a balanced sound.

ABOUT TIIE COMPOSER

Bom in 1970, Eric Whitacre is an accomplished composer, conductor,


and clinician, and has received performances of his choral and
instrumental worts throughout the United States, Canada and Japan.
AGUA NOCTURNA WATERNIGHT

l noche de ojos de caballo que tiemblan en la noche, Night with the eyes of a horse tlnt trembles in the night,
la noche de ojos de agua en el campo dormido, night with eyes of water in the fiel.d asleep
est en tus ojos de caballo que tiembla, is in your eyes, a horse that ffembles,
esl en tus ojos de agua secreta. is in your eyes of secret waler.

Ojos de agua de sombra, Eyes af shadow-water,


ojos de agua de pozo, eyes of well-water,
ojos de agua de suef,o. eyes of drean-water.

El silencio y la soledad, Silence and solitude,


como dos ppqueflos animales a quienes guia la luna, two little animals moon-led,
behen en esosojos, drink in your eyes,
behen en esas agurs. drink in those walers.

Si abres los ojos, Ifyou open your eyes,


se abre la noche de puertas de musgo, night opera, doors ofmusk,
se abre el reino secreto del agua the secret kingdom of the wakr oryns
que mana del centro de la noche.
flowingfron the center of night.
Y si los cierras, And ifyou close your eyes,
un riote inuda por dentro, a river fills youfrom within,
avatu:, te hare oscura: flows forward, darkers you :
la noche moja riberas en tu alma night brings irs wetness to berrches in your soul.

Octavio Paz ( trans hti on : M urie I Rukey ser )


(adapted by Eric Whitacre)

Text Copyright O 1959 by Octavio Paz and Muriel Rukeyser.


Reprinted try permission of Octavio paz.

This arrangement Copyright @ 1996 Walton Music Corp.,


Intemational Copyright Secrned Made in U.S.A. All Rights Reserved