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for SSA choir (2017)
Duration: 4'

This piece, set to the text by Christina Rossetti, explores the loss of innocence a woman can experience in her youth.

A fool I was to sleep at noon,
And wake when night is chilly
Beneath the comfortless cold moon;
A fool to pluck my rose too soon,
A fool to snap my lily.
My garden-plot I have not kept;
Faded and all-forsaken,
I weep as I have never wept:
Oh it was summer when I slept,
It's winter now I waken.
Talk what you please of future spring
And sun-warm'd sweet to-morrow:—
Stripp'd bare of hope and everything,
No more to laugh, no more to sing,
I sit alone with sorrow.

This is a performance by the University of Toronto's Soprano-Alto Chamber Choir, under the direction of Elaine Choi, recorded on April 8, 2022 at the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto, Canada.

Below is a recording of the piece’s premiere in 2017. The performers are Erika Wood (soprano I), Julia Frodyma (soprano I), Hannah Mazurek (soprano II), Emily Rocha (soprano II), Avery Lafrentz (alto), and Katharine Petkovski (alto).

00:00 / 03:55

Scores available upon request.

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