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I Would Live in Your Love

Dale Warland Choral Series

By Nathan Jones

Choral (SATB choir divisi a cappella)
Dale Warland Choral Series. Composed by Nathan Jones. Edited by Dale Warland. Choral. Contemporary, A Cappella, Concert, Poetry. Octavo. 16 pages. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50486939).

Item Number: HL.50486939

ISBN 1423472519. 6.75x10.5 inches.

This Sara Teasdale text is set in a serene and enveloping choral soundscape: “I would live in your love as the sea grasses live in the sea.” Duration: ca. 4:55.

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  • 2009-10-31 00:00:00.0 from the composer's Performance Notes

    I would live in your love is taken from Sara Teasdale's second collection of poetry, Helen of Troy and Other Poems, published in 1911. Teasdale’s style bridged the gap between the poetry of the Victorian age and 20th century free verse. Throughout her career, she chose to write...

    in metered verse and use regular rhyme scheme long after it had become passé. This poem, however, is an example of her exploration of poetic development in the 20th century. Teasdale paints images of profound beauty that reveal a woman who wished to balk Victorian tradition and marry for true love. Teasdale’s own marriage to businessman Ernst Filsinger in 1914 was mostly an effort to please her parents. She divorced in 1929 and committed suicide four years later. I chose to set the text using rich harmonic language and a thick texture to reflect the poet’s desire to be consumed by love. The piece should be performed with sensitivity and flexibility, allowing punctuation to guide phrasing and breathing.

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