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THE GALE for SATB Chorus (divisi) and Chamber Orchestra NotePerformer 3 Audio, Scrolling Score Video

THE GALE for SATB Chorus (divisi) and Chamber Orchestra NotePerformer 3 Audio, Scrolling Score Video

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The Gale (Wicher)


It moaned and it droned,

It howled and it groaned,

With a terrible voice, woohoo!

Over meadows and grasses,

Mountain valleys and passes,

It raced and rushed its way through.


Now the roof creaks,

The gale puffs out its cheeks

And scatters debris all over the place.

A swallow is heard to say

As she hides in the hay

That the world is too frightening to face.


And the terrible gale

With a deafening wail

Terrified young and old;

With a deafening wail

It hit hill and dale

And never relinquished its hold.


Birch, beech and oak

Went down at a stroke

And their leaves blew away.

At a town or a farm

It caused damage and harm

And left behind grief and dismay.


Blackberries mutter to vines,

Birches whisper to pines;

They all sound perplexed.

All forms of life,

The swallow and his wife,

Are wondering what will come next.


Meanwhile, its speed swelling,

It whooshed towards a dwelling

And roared at the top of its voice.

Indoors the children could hear,

So, they clung to grandpa in fear—

Sleeping was never a choice.


The wind is biting and keen

And planning a change of scene;

Raging and roaring it ran

Over meadows and grasses,

Mountain valleys and passes,

It dashes on as fast as it can.


—Abramek Koplowicz

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THE GALE for SATB Chorus (divisi) and Chamber Orchestra NotePerformer 3 Audio, Scrolling Score Video


Music by Stanley M. Hoffman (b. 1959), child of two Jewish Holocaust survivors


Words by Abraham (“Abramek”) Koplowicz (b. 1930,

Lodz, Poland, d. 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau)


Translation by Sarah Lawson and Małgorzata Koraszewska

Adapted by Stanley M. Hoffman


Music: © Copyright 2019 by Ione Press, Inc., a division of

ECS Publishing Group. www.ecspublishing.com All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Words: from the Polish poem Wicher (The Gale) by Abraham Koplowicz.

Translation by Sarah Lawson and Małgorzata Koraszewska.

© Copyright 1993 by Eliezer Grynfeld.

All rights reserved.

Used by permission of Eliezer Grynfeld.

Adapted by permission of Sarah Lawson and Małgorzata Koraszewska.


The sheet music is available from the publisher.

(800) 647-2117 - www.ecspublishing.com - www.canticledistributing.com


Piano/Choral Score: Catalog No. 8740

Additional Full Score: Catalog No. 8740A

Full Score and Parts: Rental


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