"The poem by W. B. Yeats was quoted by Banuta Rubess as a postscript to her libretto for my
opera 'Oh Pilot'. Yeats’ powerfully concise reflection on life, death and love combines humour
and melancholy in equal portions.Its equation of love, destiny and oblivion is essentially mystical.
A poem or composition for choir are, of course, examples of the works which Yeats mentions
in the poem’s first line. Accordingly, I have created a piece of music that turns back on itself,
unwinds into loose thread and evaporates into nothingness."
Nic Gotham (1999)
Calixa Lavallée Singers
Latvian Radio Choir
Kaspar Putnins, conductor
'The Fool by the Roadside' by William Butler Yeates
When all works that have
From cradle run to grave
From grave to cradle run instead;
When thoughts that a fool
Has wound upon a spool
Are but loose thread, are but loose thread;
When cradle and spool are past
And I mere shade at last
Coagulate of stuff
Transparent like the wind,
I think that I may find
A faithful love, a faithful love.