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Two settings of poems by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) for soprano and piano, from the cycle A Certain Slant of Light; songs linked by the theme of passing time and the fleeting moment.


The Wind

It’s like the light, -
A fashionless delight
It’s like the bee, -
A dateless melody.

It’s like the woods,
Private like breeze,
Phraseless, yet it stirs
The highest trees.

It’s like the morning,-
Best when it’s done,-
The everlasting clocks
Chime noon.



Soprano: Elizabeth Witts
Piano: Maki Yoneta

For each ecstatic moment
We must an anguish pay
In keen and quivering ratio
To the ecstasy.
For each beloved hour
Sharp pittances of years,
Bitter contested farthings
And coffers heaped with tears.

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