work details

Woods in Winter

a madrigal for mixed chorus, a cappella

  • Instrumentation: SATB (divisi) a cappella
  • Completed: July 2010
  • Duration: 6 minutes
  • Texts: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
  • Audio:
  • Published:

    DD3 Publications, Distributed by Graphite Publishing

  • Commission:

    Commissioned by the Winchester High School Choirs; Christopher Nickelson, director

  • Program Note:

    Woods in Winter was written at the request of my dear friend Chris Nickelson for his outstanding high school choruses at Winchester High School in Winchester, MA. 

    The work is based upon a poem of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and evokes a still winter scene, without any hint of the religious overtones that usually accompany much winter music. 

    The work is dedicated fondly to Chris. 

  • Performances:
    • December 10, 2010 (premiere)
      Winchester High School Choirs
      Christopher Nickelson, director
      Winchester High School - Winchester, MA
    • December 18, 2010
      Winchester HS Choirs and Boston Choral Ensemble
      Christopher Nickelson, conductor
      Old South Church - Boston, MA
    • December 18, 2010
      Winchester HS Choirs and Boston Choral Ensemble
      Christopher Nickelson, conductor
      St. Mary's Church - Winchester, MA