Ballad of the Moon, Moon

for countertenor and piano

Philip Cashian

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for countertenor and piano

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Composer Philip Cashian
Year of Composition 2021
Duration -
Instrumentation Piano, Counter Tenor
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-pc1bmm1


The moon came to the forge in her petticoat of nard.
The boy looks and stares, the boy looks at the moon.

In the shaken air
the moon raises her arms,
and shows lubricious and pure, her beaten-tin breasts.

Run moon, run moon, moon!
If the villagers come,
white rings and white necklaces they will beat from your heart.

Let me dance, my little one. When the villagers come,
they’ll find you on the anvil
with your little eyes closed tight,

Run moon, run moon, moon!
I hear the horse’s hooves.
Let me be, my little one,
don’t step on me, all starched and white!

The horsemen come beating, the drum of the plain.
The boy at the forge,
his little eyes shut.

Through the olive grove in bronze and in dreams, come the villagers,
their heads riding high, their hooded eyes low.

How the night owl is calling, how it sings in the tree!
The moon crosses the sky with a boy by the hand.

At the forge all the villagers cry and then scream.
The wind watches, watches, the wind watches the moon.

– Federico Garcia Lorca (translation: various)