Beauty Come Dancing


Beauty Come Dancing

“As we’ve seen before…Getty has a special relationship with the human voice –…”
Records International
September 2018 Catalogue

  • For SATB chorus and chamber orchestra
  • Duration: 2:45
  • Poem by Gordon Getty

Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, celesta, strings
(Piano reduction available)
Perusal score and text available upon request

Stream Beauty Come Dancing on the album: Beauty Come Dancing

Choral Pieces
“Beauty Come Dancing”
“Ballet Russe”
“There Was a Naughty Boy”
“For a Dead Lady”
“Those Who Love”

All these texts were set at the Salzburg Festival two years ago on my trusty 88–key Casio. I had written the text to “Beauty Come Dancing” at the Festival del Sole just before. The dance theme makes it a natural companion to Masefield’s “Ballet Russe.” There a ballerina dances to Chopin piano accompaniment. I aimed for tunes he might have written but didn’t. Although Masefield’s verse and mine scan in iambic pentameter, I set both to waltzes. That can be tricky.

John Keats heads my poetic pantheon, with Masefield a close second. I would choose the same two, in the same order, for comic poetry. Keats’ “There Was a Naughty Boy” is a delicious example.

E. A. Robinson, like Masefield, paid no court to modernism. “For a Dead Lady” and “Eros Tyrannos” build like Bach fugues. No poet surpasses him for cadence and the longer breath. Sara Teasdale’s “Those Who Love” shows the equal power of a lighter touch.


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[Getty’s] sweet, subdued “Beauty Come Dancing” opened the song series, followed by some classic texts Getty set to his own music.
Elizabeth Warnimont
Benicia Herald Online, 2015

Beauty Comes Dancing, based on another original poem, is a lilting waltz featuring a solo violin (possibly played by concertmaster Joris van Rijn) and, later solo clarinet, again with irregular metric divisions of the beats and harmonic shifts that add interest.
Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, 2018