Soprano and Piano (2:17) - October 1997
This was another assignment to put pre-existing text to music. The piano part was supposed to be suggestive of something in the poem; in the case, the falling leaves.
The Falling of the Leaves
A poem by William Butler Yeats
AUTUMN is over the long leaves that love us,
And over the mice in the barley sheaves;
Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us,
And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves.
The hour of the waning of love has beset us,
And weary and worn are our sad souls now;
Let us part, ere the season of passion forget us,
With a kiss and a tear on thy drooping brow.
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