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Rossetti Interludes

for SATB Chorus and Orchestra

duration 15'

Commissioned by: The Seattle Choral Company,
Fred Coleman, Music Director

World Premiere: 1996, Meany Theater, Seattle

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Seattle Choral Company, Fred Coleman, Conductor
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First Page of Score

Text (First Section):
I. Sudden Light

I have been here before,
But when or how I cannot tell:
I know the grass beyond the door,
The sweet, keen smell,
The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.

You have been mine before,–
How long ago I may not know:
But just when at that swallow's soar
Your neck turned so,
Some veil did fall, – I knew it all of yore.

Has this been thus before?
And shall not thus time's eddying flight
Still with our lives our love restore
In death's despite,
And day and night yield one delight once more?

                       Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)