Pied Beauty
An a cappella setting for mixed chorus of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Duration: 3' 25"
Difficulty: 4/5

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Mixed Chorus (a cappella, divisi, no solos)
Pied Beauty
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)

GLORY be to God for dappled things—
    For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
        For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
    Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
        And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
    Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
        With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                                      Praise him.
Commission & Performance History
Pied Beauty was composed for Richard Nance and Pacific Lutheran University's Choir of the West. It was premiered on 3 May 2016 at Lagerquist Hall, Mary Baker Music Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA by the Choir of the West with Richard Nance conducting.