I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail

for double choir

A 17th-century riddle poem, “I Saw a Peacock With a Fiery Tail” at first seems fantastical: A peacock with a fiery tail! I saw a comet drop down hail! Full of evocative text painting, this choral setting reveals the sense of the poem by dividing each line between the two choirs and then reordering the text. A comet with a fiery tail! I saw a cloud drop down hail! The music allows for this reordering by ending each phrase with a tendency chord that can be resolved in two ways. The piece returns to the magical imagery in an antiphonal setting for double choir at the end.

“I Saw a Peacock With a Fiery Tail” was premiered in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2013 by VocalEssence with Philip Brunelle conducting.

SKU: CME-003 Categories: , Instrumentation:
Season or Event:General
Descriptive Tags:Celebratory, Fun, Humorous, Nature, Poetry, Project : Encore, Silly
Difficulty:Advanced Student, Advanced, Very Advanced
Sacred or Secular:Secular
Language:English
Voicing:SATB, SATB+SATB
Instrumentation:A Cappella
Duration:1-5 Minutes

$5.95/copy

This title is available in print or for immediate download. For both options, there is a minimum required quantity of 8 copies for choral titles. Please support self-publishing composers by ordering the quantity according to the number of singers in the ensemble that will perform the work.

Print orders are printed on demand and shipped by our printing partner, and can be expected to be processed with a few days of the order. Please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] to follow up.

Quantity

    Explore More Music…

    Filters Sort results
    Reset Apply
    Title
    View
    Voicing
    Duration
    Language
    Composer
    for mixed choir and piano
    JBN-023
    SATB
    4'25"
    English
    for treble voices
    ADY-001
    SATB
    2'
    English
    A short, rhythmically intense piece for Easter setting forth St. Paul’s words from the Epistle to the Romans (6:8-11). 2-part harmony, with octave doubling in the final alleluias, gives simplicity and clarity that further enhances the text, while making the piece easy to learn and effective for even the smallest choir.
    More info & view score »
    12 performance rounds for partnered treble voices
    BKR-004
    Equal Voices
    SSAA
    Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
    English
    Latin
    The clear, rinsed sound of Women’s voices is hardly more thrilling than in the recital of rounds. And when the rounds offer plenty of movement among the parts, as do most in this collection, the effect can be delightful. These twelve rounds, set largely to medieval texts, are of varying difficulty and may require rehearsal. […]
    More info & view score »
    Women's Choir (SSA)
    GTT-005
    SSA
    2'45"
    English
    This setting of a poem by Linda Marcus is entirely pentatonic (i.e. uses only 5 notes – C, D, F, G and A) apart from the very last measure. The pentatonic setting is intended to create a naive effect, recalling childhood. (The very opening is based on a universal 3-note ‘song of childhood’.) The points […]
    More info & view score »
    for SSATBB choir a cappella
    SDE-005
    SATB
    SSATBB
    7'
    English
    This setting of Charles Baudelaire’s iconic poem captures the “luxury” and “voluptuousness” of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s radiant translation. The six-part texture allows for thick, evocative chords in Dole’s jazz-influenced harmonic world. Slowly evolving chord progressions paint a picture of a person truly in love with another, asking that they go on a long journey […]
    More info & view score »
    for mixed choir (SATB) and piano/organ
    GTT-011
    SATB
    2' 30"
    Norwegian
    Kling No Klokka is a Norwegian folksong, about church bells ringing out at Christmastime. The words are in Norwegian, and the setting is for four-part choir (SATB), with organ or piano accompaniment. This arrangement was made for the Boys’ Choir at Trondheim Cathedral in Norway, the Nidarosdomens Guttekor, and their conductor, Bjørn Moe, and will […]
    More info & view score »
    for mixed choir
    SDE-010
    SATB
    4'50"
    English
    This arrangement opens by lining out the plainsong chant over a drone. Then, in succeeding verses we hear it in organum before more complex harmonies and rhythms are added. Finally all voices sing the melody in canon before a concluding fantasia.
    More info & view score »
    SSAATTBB choir a capella
    RP-032
    SSAATTBB
    5' 15"
    Finnish
    Vocables
    In Runo XIV of the Kalevala, Lemminkäinen hunts the black swan that lives on the river of Tuoni in the underworld in order to win a daughter of Louhi as his wife. While searching for the swan, he is killed and his body is dumped into the river. In Runo XV, Lemminkäinen’s mother searches all […]
    More info & view score »
    for mixed choir a cappella
    JBN-005
    SATB
    4'50"
    English
    10 Nativity Rounds for partnered voices
    BKR-001
    Equal Voices
    SSAA
    Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
    English
    Latin
    All vocal groups need short, portable items in their repertoire. A round is a melody which can unfold into harmony, the prime tool of choral directors who wish to develop in singers an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds build cohesion among singers and provide opportunities for improving ensemble, sight-reading, […]
    More info & view score »
    Shopping Cart