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A Touch of Cold

Perusal Score

Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano or baritone, flute (piccolo)​, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion


Duration: ca. 17:00

Premiere: May 23, 2019 | Evan Snyder, voice; Sydney Robinson, flute; Ben Baldwin, clarinet; Daniela Diaz, violin; Mary Sherman, cello; Ryan H. Jones, piano; Trevor Smith, percussion | Cook Recital Hall, East Lansing, MI

For purchasing information, please contact Ryan.


Autumn (1908)


A touch of cold in the Autumn night—

I walked abroad,

And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge

Like a red-faced farmer.

I did not stop to speak, but nodded,

And round about were the wistful stars

With white faces like town children.


- T. E. Hulme (1883-1917)



[The grass is beneath my head] (1917)


The grass is beneath my head;

and I gaze

at the thronging stars

in the night.


They fall… they fall…

I am overwhelmed,

and afraid.


Each leaf of the aspen

is caressed by the wind,

and each is crying.


And the perfume

of invisible roses

deepens the anguish.


Let a strong mesh of roots

feed the crimson of roses

upon my heart;

and then fold over the hollow

where all the pain was.


- F. S. Flint (1885-1960)

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