William Copper

Chorus SATB +SATB Soli, Piano

By William Copper, the composer of Lovelife Dances and Sea Songs

Piano, a setting of a poem by D. H. Lawrence, was commissioned for ECCO, Bruce C. Lengacher, conductor, in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Piedmont Choirs, Robert Geary, Artistic Director. Available for public performance by other choral organizations in 2003.

    Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
    Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
    A child sitting under the piano,
           in the boom of the tingling strings
    And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who
          smiles as she sings.
    In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
    Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
    To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
    And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.
    So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour
    With the great black piano appassionato.  The glamour
    Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
    Down in the flood of remembrance,
           I weep like a child for the past.
              D. H. Lawrence

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Copyright 2002 William P. Copper

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