When You Are Old and Grey

When You Are Old and Grey

A wistful setting for a cappella SATB choir of Yeats’s nostalgic poem.

“How many loved
your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty
with love false or true…”

Category:  choral

Instrumentation:  SATB chorus, a cappella

Status:  available

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
  • ECU Chamber Singers | Dr. Daniel Bara, conducting | Miami 2007 ACDA conference (live recording)

    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

    Recordings:  n/a

    Reviews:  n/a

    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.