Sleeping Out: Full Moon

SATB and Piano

I love this text because each line is a microcosm of hazy, nuanced language that results in a series of dramatic images. It was a dream to write music to because Brooke imbued everything with such a great sense of forward motion and sweeping gestures. I imagine that, had he survived World War I past the age of 28, he would have become a literary giant. Winston Churchill himself wrote the obituary:

…this life has closed at the moment when it seemed to have reached its springtime.  A voice had become audible, a note had been struck, more true, more thrilling, more able to do justice to the nobility of our youth in arms engaged in this present war, than any other more able to express their thoughts of self-surrender, and with a power to carry comfort to those who watch them so intently from afar.  The voice has been swiftly stilled. Only the echoes and the memory remain; but they will linger.
…joyous, fearless, versatile, deeply instructed, with classic symmetry of mind and body, ruled by high undoubting purpose, he was all that one would wish England’s noblest sons to be in the days when no sacrifice but the most precious is acceptable, and the most precious is that which is most freely proffered.
— Winston Churchill
excerpts from Brooke’s obituary note in the Times
April 26, 1915

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.