Dear Heart | SATB Chorus & Bass Clarinet | 5'

Dear Heart was jointly commissioned by
The Pacific University Chamber Singers, Scott Tuomi, Conductor
& The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, Desmond Earley, Conductor.

 

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text

Dear heart, why will you use me so?

Dear eyes that gently me upbraid,

Still are you beautiful—but O,

How is your beauty raimented!

Through the clear mirror of your eyes,

Through the soft cry of kiss to kiss,

Desolate winds assail with cries The shadowy garden where love is.

And soon shall love dissolved be

When over us the wild winds blow—

But you, dear love, too dear to me,

Alas! why will you use me so?

—James Joyce
from Chamber Music (1907

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early drafts & composing notes

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