Summer Night, Riverside
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
While your kisses and the flowers,
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)