A Short Art Song set for Mezzo-soprano and Piano
Poetry by: Emily Dickinson
Angels in the early morning
May be seen the dews among,
Stooping, plucking, smiling, flying:
Do the buds to them belong?
Angels when the sun is hottest
May be seen the sands among,
Stooping, plucking, sighing, flying;
Parched the flowers they bear along.
As children bid the guest good-night,
And then reluctant turn,
My flowers raise their pretty lips,
Then put their nightgowns on.
As children caper when they wake,
Merry that it is morn,
My flowers from a hundred cribs
Will peep, and prance again.
South winds jostle them,
Drink, and are gone.
On their passage Cashmere;
I, softly plucking,
Present them here!
This art song set came after an assignment during instrumentation where we were tasked with setting a poem for a solo voice and piano. After doing the setting, Angels in the Early Morning, my professor suggested I turn it into a set. During the 2018 spring semester, I had set two more Emily Dickinson poems and turned these pieces into a short art song set based on poems of nature.
Premiered by: Abbigail Jesse (Mezzo-soprano) & Elizabeth Smith (Piano)
@ SMU Composition's Emerging Sounds Concert 4/28/2018.