A Choral Suite "A Boy's Inspiration"

 for Male Chorus and Piano

合唱組曲「A Boy's Inspiration(少年の想い)」


Text by Henry W. Longfellow (1807-1882)
Music by Kentaro Sato (Ken-P)

詩 ヘンリー・W・ロングフェロー(1807-1882)
作曲 佐藤賢太郎(Ken-P)

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1. An April Day (四月のある日)

2. The Day is Done (一日の終わり)

3. The Rainy Day (雨の日)

4. A Psalm of Life (人生の詩篇)

5. The Arrow and the Song (矢と歌)

6. My Lost Youth (なくした青春)

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Lyrics / 英語詩

“A Boy’s Inspiration”

Text by Henry W. Longfellow (1807-1882)
Text Compilation by Kentaro Sato (Ken-P)
©2012 Kentaro Sato (Ken-P)
Special Thanks to Dr. Robert Zaslavsky for his scholarly inputs.

1. An April Day

When the warm sun, that brings
seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
it’s sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
the first flower of the plain.

The softly-warbled song
comes from the pleasant woods, and colored wings
glance quick in the bright sun that moves along
the forest openings.

When the bright sunset fills
the silver woods with light, the green slope throws
its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
and wide the upland glows.

And when the eve is born,
in the blue lake, the sky—over-reaching far—
is hollowed out, and the moon dips her horn,
and twinkles many a star.

Sweet April! Many a thought
is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
nor shall they fail, till—to its autumn brought—
life's golden fruit is shed.

2. 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.

Come, read to me some poem,
some simple and heartfelt melody,
and lend to the rhyme of the poet
the beauty of your voice.

And the night shall be filled with music.

3. The Rainy Day

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary:
It rains, and the wind is never weary.
The vine still clings to the moldering wall,
but at every gust, the dead leaves fall.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary:
It rains, and the wind is never weary.
My thoughts still cling to the moldering Past,
but the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast.

Be still, sad heart! And cease repining.
Behind the clouds is the sun, still shining.
Your fate is the common fate of all:
into each life some rain must fall;
some days must be dark and dreary.

4. A Psalm of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
life is but an empty dream.

We can make our lives sublime,
and, departing, leave behind us
footprints on the sands of time.

5. The Arrow and the Song

I shot an arrow into the air.
It fell to earth, I knew not where.
For—so swiftly it flew—the sight
could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air.
It fell to earth, I knew not where.
For who has sight so keen and strong
that it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak,
I found the arrow, still unbroken.
And the song—from beginning to end—
I found again in the heart of a friend.

6. My Lost Youth

I can see the breezy dome of groves—
the shadows of Deering's Woods.
And the friendships old and the early loves
come back with a Sabbath sound, as of doves
in quiet neighborhoods.
And the verse of that sweet old song—
it flutters and murmurs still.
  "A boy's will is the wind's will,
  and the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts."

And Deering's Woods are fresh and fair;
and—with joy that is almost pain—
my heart goes back to wander there.
And among the dreams of the days that were,
I find my lost youth again.
And the strange and beautiful song—
the groves are repeating it still—
  "A boy's will is the wind's will,
  and the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts."


日本語訳 / Japanese Translation


©2012 Kentaro Sato (Ken-P)

1. 四月のある日

暖かな太陽が また


銀色の森を光で包むとき 碧の丘は
そして 高原は輝きを広げる

蒼い湖の中で 遠くに伸びる空は薄まり
そして 無数の星が瞬く

さわやかな四月よ! 無数の想いは
心と心がそうするように あなたと結ばれる
想いは続く 秋が訪れるまで
そう 命という金色の果実が落るまで

2. 一日の終わり

一日の終わり 闇が

ここに来て 詩を読んでください
飾りがなく 心に響く旋律を
そして 詩人の韻に

そうして 夜は音楽で満たされるのです

3. 雨の日

寒く 暗く 沈んだ日
雨は降り 風も休みなく吹きつける
葡萄の枝は まだ 朽ちゆく壁にしがみつく
一陣の風が また 死んだ葉をそぎ落とす

寒く 暗く 沈んだ私の人生
雨は降り 風も休みなく吹きつける
私の想いは まだ 朽ちゆく過去にしがみつく
一陣の風が また 若き日の希望をそぎ落とす

静まれ 悲しき心よ! 愚痴などいうな
雲の向うで 太陽は まだ輝いているではないか!
君のこの運命は 全ての人と同じ
人生には 雨は必ず降るものだ
暗く 沈んだ日もまた ある

4. 人生の詩篇

「人生は ただの空虚な夢」などと

人生を 崇高なものにすることはできる
そして 時間という砂に

5. 矢と歌



長い時の後 一本の樫の木に
あの矢が まだ折れず刺さっているのを見つけた
そして あの歌も 始まりから終わりまで

6. なくした青春

ディアリング の森の木陰だ
そして 優しく懐かしい歌の詩は
まだ ひらめき ささやく
  「少年の意志は 風の意思
  青春の想いは いつまでも」

そして 痛いくらいの喜びと共に
私の心は 故郷をさまよう
そして 昔の日々の夢から
私は なくした青春を見つけだした
そして あの不思議で美しい歌を
森が 今もなお 繰り返す
  「少年の意志は 風の意思
  青春の想いは いつまでも」


about the Commission and the Premiere

 This work was commissioned by the Chor Alpha (Hyogo, Japan) for its tenth year anniversary recital (Conducted by Nobutaka Tsuji, Piano by Mariko Hosomi).