When Music Sounds


An ecstatic and swiftly moving setting of Walter de la Mare’s tribute to music, for older treble voices. Advanced. SSA and piano.



Kallman Creates Publications, Composer Daniel Kallman Kallman Creates Publications

SSA, piano. Duration: 4’00”


(Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir, Notre Dame, IN, 2019; Nancy Menk, Conductor)



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Composer’s Notes

This piece was commissioned by the Bloomsburg University Choirs, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

The text, below, is by Walter de la Mare.

When music sounds, gone is the earth I know,
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow;
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies.

When music sounds, out of the water rise
Naiads whose beauty dims my waking eyes,
Rapt in strange dreams burns each enchanted face,
With solemn echoing stirs their dwelling-place.

When music sounds, all that I was I am
Ere to this haunt of brooding dust I came;
And from Time’s woods break into distant song
The swift-winged hours, as I hasten along.