Orchestra

(2004)

"Orchestra" is a song by Dave Brubeck setting a poem by Romanian poet Nina Cassian and translated by Dana Gioia. The song is for tenor or baritone and piano.

For information about sheet music for this song, please contact: Mr. Richard S. Jeweler Derry Music Company P.O. Box 150270 San Rafael, CA 94915 U.S.A

Telephone: 415 451-6130

Orchestra (after Nina Cassian)
by Dana Gioia


Climbing the scales three octaves at a time,
I search for you among the high notes where
the tender flute resides. But where are your
sweet eyelashes? Not there.


Then I descend among the sunlit brasses—
their funnels glistening like fountain tips.
I let them splash me with their streaming gold,
but I can't find your lips.


Then daring ever deeper I explore
the depths the elemental strings command.
Their bows will not create a miracle
without your stroking hand.


The orchestra is still. The score is blank.
Cold as a slide rule the brasses, strings, and flute.
Sonorous lover, when will you return?
The orchestra is mute.


--translated from the Romanian of Nina Cassian


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