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Oh Me! Oh Life! (SATB)

By Eric L. Carlson (ASCAP), Walt Whitman

Choir, SATB - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Eric L. Carlson (ASCAP), Walt Whitman. Arranged by Eric L. Carlson (ASCAP). Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic. Octavo. 14 pages. Published by Uplifting Music (S0.254377).

Item Number: S0.254377

SATB Chorus, Piano, Cello
Composed by Eric L. Carlson (poem by Walt Whitman)
Written for the Intermezzo Choir of Waterford High School (WI) - Derek Machan, director
Performance time approx. 4:30

If you've seen "Dead Poets Society" starring Robin Williams, you're probably familiar with this poem.  In fact, the composer borrowed a line of Robin's dialogue to use at the end of the piece.  Listen to the recording to find out what it is!

Includes cello part (last 2 pages) with the score.
ALSO AVAILABLE:  Demonstration/Practice CD with several tracks, including individual practice tracks for each vocal part, are available directly from the composer for just $30.00 plus shipping (or $25 for download).  Send email request to

O Me O Life

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  • 5

    Waterford, WI
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  • November 01, 2017 A journey from self-deprecating despair to hope.

    This is a wonderful piece, taken from Walt Whitman's famous poem of the same name. Beginning in D minor with the choir singing the first 2 lines of the poem, it continues with a hauntingly beautiful cello interlude, leading to the next few verses. As the poem veers toward...

    a more positive message, the song modulates to a Major key, with the piano and cello playing beautiful melodies as the choir accompanies. The song ends with the choir singing a line of dialogue from Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society.

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