Upon a Wheel of Cloud

for SATB Choir with piano accompaniment and alto solo:

Temple University Concert Choir
Paul Rardin, Conductor
Elise Auerbach, Piano
Isabella Ness, Soloist

Upon a Wheel of Cloud was written for the Temple University Concert Choir under the direction of Paul Rardin. The text is the following poem by Emily Dickenson, describing an incoming and outgoing rainstorm:

Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then I knew ‘twas Wind —
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as sand —
When it had pushed itself away
To some remotest Plain
A coming as of Hosts was heard
That was indeed the Rain —
It filled the Wells, it pleased the Pools
It warbled in the Road —
It pulled the spigot from the Hills
And let the Floods abroad —
It loosened acres, lifted seas
The sites of Centres stirred
Then like Elijah rode away
Upon a Wheel of Cloud.
-Emily Dickenson

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