for SATB


Written for Serenade, associated with Masterworks Chorale. Premiered by Serenade under the direction of Dr. Bryan Baker at Old First Church, San Francisco on June 10, 2023. This concert was produced by NACUSA and Old First Church. Video courtesy Old First Church.

The text for these miniatures is freely transcribed by the composer from images of manuscripts owned by Amherst College at the Emily Dickinson electronic archive in accordance with Creative Commons license agreement at https://www.edickinson.org/terms.

In this short Life

That only lasts an Hour

How much, how little

is within our power.

Accept my timid happiness

No Joy be in vain

But adds to some bright sweet dwelling.

One note from one bird

Is better than than a million words

A scabbard holds but one sword.