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Four Reveries     I.  II.  III.  IV.
(total duration 9½')
  IV. Meeting at Night

for SSAATTBB Voices
duration 2'

Commissioned by: Dr. Robert Bower,
for The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati,
Earl Rivers, Music Director
World Premiere: 1995, Cincinnati

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The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati,
Earl Rivers, Conductor
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First Page of Score

The gray sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half–moon large and low;
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.

Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
A tap on the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,
And a voice less loud, through its joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each!

                                                           Robert Browning