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Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) 2019 - Composers Forum II

by The Walden School

In a Nursing Home (Mother Melania) I wonder when I look at you - What pains and griefs have you been through? What joys and triumphs you have known? What dreams are held by you alone? Perhaps you were a physicist, A rancher or a pharmacist, A grocer or an editor, A baker or a senator. Perhaps you raised a family And brought your children up to be Good-hearted, wise, and full of love For man and beast and God above. But now it’s very hard to find A way to reach your failing mind, For, though within these walls you stay, Already you are far away. I wonder – as this world grows dim, Do you with joy now gaze on Him Who caused the sun to shine of old And in His arms all things enfolds? If Christ our Savior you can see, I beg that you would pray for me, His little child, that I may start To see Him clearly with my heart. And when I too grow old and die, Then pray again to Christ that I May also see His loving face And live forever in His grace
On the Beach at Night Alone (Walt Whitman) On the beach at night alone, As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky song, As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the clef of the universes and of the future. A vast similitude interlocks all, All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets, All distances of place however wide, All distances of time, all inanimate forms, All souls, all living bodies though they be ever so different, or in different worlds, All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes, the fishes, the brutes, All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages, All identities that have existed or may exist on this globe, or any globe, All lives and deaths, all of the past, present, future, This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann’d, And shall forever span them and compactly hold and enclose them.
In Flanders Fields (John McCrae) In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. We Shall Keep the Faith (Moina Michael) Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields, Sleep sweet - to rise anew! We caught the torch you threw And holding high, we keep the Faith With All who died. We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies, But lends a lustre to the red Of the flower that blooms above the dead In Flanders Fields. And now the Torch and Poppy Red We wear in honor of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields. Spring in War-Time (Sara Teasdale) I feel the spring far off, far off, The faint, far scent of bud and leaf— Oh, how can spring take heart to come To a world in grief, Deep grief? The sun turns north, the days grow long, Later the evening star grows bright— How can the daylight linger on For men to fight, Still fight? The grass is waking in the ground, Soon it will rise and blow in waves— How can it have the heart to sway Over the graves, New graves? Under the boughs where lovers walked The apple-blooms will shed their breath— But what of all the lovers now Parted by Death, Grey Death?


Composers Forum II

George Lewis, moderator
Loretta Notareschi, co-moderator

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall
Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire

This composers forum was dedicated to Janet and Gil Spitzer.


released October 8, 2019


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The Walden School Dublin, New Hampshire

Founded in 1972, the Walden School is an acclaimed summer music school and festival, offering programs that emphasize creativity through musicianship, improvisation, and composition. Our programs include the Young Musicians Program (9-18) and the Creative Musicians Retreat (18+). Set in beautiful New Hampshire, Walden provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. ... more

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