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Before the ice is in the pools (2021)


For choir (SATB divisi.)

Composed for the Bach Choir


First performance by the Bach Choir

at Cadogan Hall, December 20, 2021 

Winner of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Composition Competition 2021

Text: Before the ice is in the pools by Emily Dickinson

Duration: 7 minutes

Before the ice is in the pools is a contemplative carol that sets an enchanted tone for the Christmas season. With constant attention to the text by Emily Dickinson, the composition encapsulates the quiet wonder of winter. Written at the age of seventeen, the carol is one of Christopher's earliest performed works. 


Before the ice is in the pools —
Before the skaters go,
Or any check at nightfall
Is tarnished by the snow —

Before the fields have finished,
Before the Christmas tree,
Wonder upon wonder
Will arrive to me!

Emily Dickinson


Before the ice is in the pools
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