work details

Day of Fire and Sun

  • Instrumentation: SATB a cappella
  • Completed: May 2018
  • Duration: 4 minutes
  • Texts: on a poem of Sara Teasdale
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  • Dedication:

    For the University of Oregon Chamber Choir
    Sharon J. Paul, conductor

  • Published:

    Walton Music, Amanda Quist Choral Series (Purchase the score)

  • Program Note:

    Passion and memory – these are intertwined. Our loves and our feelings are based out of experiences that we remember, which we keep hidden away or share as we see fit. Together, they bring meaning to our lives, helping us to craft our stories. 

    Sara Teasdale remembers such a day of light, wonder, and catharsis. I paint her memory in my music, with all of her fervor and only a hint of her nostalgia (on the passage that describes “a crystal burning”). Otherwise, the music is joyful in its abandon and giving up of control.

    I dedicate this work fondly to Sharon J. Paul and the singers of the University of Oregon Chamber Choir. It is theirs to first give voice.

    -- Dominick DiOrio
    May 2018

  • Text:

    by Sara Teasdale

    Oh day of fire and sun,
    Pure as a naked flame,
    Blue sea, blue sky and dun
    Sands where he spoke my name;

    Laughter and hearts so high
    That the spirit flew off free,
    Lifting into the sky
    Diving into the sea;

    Oh day of fire and sun
    Like a crystal burning,
    Slow days go one by one,
    But you have no returning.

  • Performances:
    • December 1, 2018 (Premiere)
      University of Oregon Chamber Choir
      Sharon J. Paul, conductor
      University of Oregon - Eugene, OR