A wistful setting for a cappella SATB choir of Yeats’s nostalgic poem.
When You Are Old and Grey
“How many loved
your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty
with love false or true…”
Instrumentation: SATB chorus, a cappella
Duration: 5m 10s
Completed: October 2006
- World Premiere: October 29, 2006
- ECU Chamber Singers
Upcoming Performances: n/a
- Other Notable Performances:
- 2006/10/29 ECU @ St. Paul's Episcopal
Commission: The East Carolina University student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association
Dedication: For the East Carolina University Chamber Singers, Dr. Daniel Bara, conductor
Additional Credits: poem by William Butler Yeats
Other Links: n/a
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.
How many loved your moments of glad grace
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountain overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.