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Shadows over a cradle... (2015)

for SSAA choir | 00:02:30

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Lola Ridge

Commissioned for Ancora by the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir (Robert Geary, director).

(Shadows over a cradle...
fire-light craning...
A hand
throws something in the fire
and a smaller hand
runs into the flame and out again,
singed and empty...
settling over a cradle...
two hands
and a fire.)
—From Sun-Up by Lola Ridge (1920)

Other Lola Ridge songs:
It's strange about stars...
Different kinds of shadows

Artwork by Aurelian Sandulescu


  • 05 Mar, 2016: Acalanes High School Bella Voce at 2016 Northern California Golden State Choral Competition, CA
  • 31 Jan, 2016: Volti Choral Institute at CYO Retreat Center, Occidental, CA
  • 27 Mar, 2015: Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, CA