SATBB (2010)

This short setting of Jane Hirshfield's poem "Speed and Perfection" from her collection Given Sugar, Given Salt captures the delicacy and ephemeral tastiness of apricots.

How quickly the season of apricots is over--

a single night's wind is enough.

I kneel on the ground, lifting one, then the next.

Eating those I can, before the bruises appear.

Speed and Perfection is the middle movement of the song cycle Summer Fruits. The complete cycle is:

You Put Apples to Your Lips

Speed and Perfection

Music Like Water

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