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Summer Night, Riverside

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Instrumentation: SATB choir and soprano soloist

Duration: ca. 4:30

Premiere: October 26, 2018 | Michigan State University Chorale | Liza Calisesi Maidens, Conductor | Dalton Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Awards: Michigan State University Honors Competition Winner (2018)

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Summer Night, Riverside (1917)

In the wild soft summer darkness

How many and many a night we two together

Sat in the park and watched the Hudson

Wearing her lights like golden spangles

Glinting on black satin.

The rail along the curving pathway

Was low in a happy place to let us cross,

And down the hill a tree that dripped with bloom

Sheltered us,

While your kisses and the flowers,

Falling, falling,

Tangled in my hair....


The frail white stars moved slowly over the sky.


And now, far off

In the fragrant darkness

The tree is tremulous again with bloom

For June comes back.


To-night what girl

Dreamily before her mirror shakes from her hair

This year’s blossoms, clinging to its coils?


- Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

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