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A Boy and a Girl

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  • String Orchestra
  • SATB

String Orchestra

Duration

4.5 minutes

Year of Composition

2007

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Boosey & Hawkes

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Hal Leonard

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Note from Composer

A Boy and a Girl is such a tender, delicate, exquisite poem. I simply tried to quiet myself and find the music hidden within the words.

I’m often asked which of my compositions is my favorite. I don’t really have one that I love more than the others, but I do feel that the four measures that musically paint the text “never kissing” may be the truest notes I’ve ever written.

Instrumentation

Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Violincello
Contrabass

SATB

Duration

4.5 minutes

Year of Composition

2002

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

Purchase

Hal Leonard

Recording

Listen

Note from Composer

A Boy and a Girl is such a tender, delicate, exquisite poem. I simply tried to quiet myself and find the music hidden within the words.

I’m often asked which of my compositions is my favorite. I don’t really have one that I love more than the others, but I do feel that the four measures that musically paint the text “never kissing” may be the truest notes I’ve ever written.

The Text

Stretched out on the grass,
a boy and a girl.
Savoring their oranges,
giving their kisses like waves exchanging foam.

Stretched out on the beach,
a boy and a girl.
Savoring their limes,
giving their kisses like clouds exchanging foam.

Stretched out underground,
a boy and a girl.
Saying nothing, never kissing,
giving silence for silence.

Octavio Paz, 1914-1998