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Remembering

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1987

  • September 8, 1987
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FOR MEDIUM OR HIGH VOICE AND PIANO

 

Text by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Dedicated to Judith Bettina

 

Premiere: February 24, 1987; Merkin Concert Hall, New York; Group for Contemporary Music; Judith Bettina, soprano; Tobias Picker, piano

 

Duration: 5’

 

Remembering

Edna St. Vincent Millay “Time does not bring relief; you all have lied”

 

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied

Who told me time would ease me of my pain!

I miss him in the weeping of the rain;

I want him at the shrinking of the tide;

The old snows melt from every mountain-side,

And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;

But last year’s bitter loving must remain

Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.

There are a hundred places where I fear

To go,—so with his memory they brim.

And entering with relief some quiet place

Where never fell his foot or shone his face

I say, “There is no memory of him here!”

And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

 

 

Text “Time does not bring relief; you all have lied.” © 1917, 1945 by Edna St. Vincent Millay. All rights reserved. Words used by permission.

 

Remembering

Sheet Music

For medium or high voice and piano
5’