The Day is Done

The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me
That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies.

Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

21. April 2005 · Comments Off on Updates · Categories: Announcements, imported

I have updated the current audition page. Check it out! I now have the repertoire lists for Tacoma, Cleveland and … drum roll please … New York Philharmonic! Many thanks to a reader (and reeder) who supplied me with some of this information. (I don’t know if you want to be named publicly … let me know if you do!)

21. April 2005 · Comments Off on Today · Categories: imported, Ramble

… was a good day, practice-wise.

Some days things simply feel right. I like that.

I have no opera tonight, so after a bit of exercise, a short shopping excursion, a good practice, a student who did very well on her scales (!), and a nice dinner, it’s a relaxing evening at home with the family. Yay!


Don’t forget about the concert this Sunday:

San Francisco Ballet Orchestra on Stage!
@ San Francisco Opera House
Sunday April 24th at 2pm

This concert includes Liang Wang playing the Richard Strauss Concerto for Oboe. Other works on the program are Stravinsky’s suite “The Fairy’s Kiss” and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

Tickets are only $10 and may be ordered from the SFBallet box office at 415-865-2000 or online at

I do hope some of you are able to attend. You can’t beat the price, and you’ll hear some very fine music and musicians!

21. April 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

Parsifal – the kind of opera that starts at six o’clock and after it has been going three hours, you look at your watch and it says 6:20.

-David Randolph

(Another one from Divertimenti.)