Songs on Poems by Yeats

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Songs on Poems by Yeats

Songs for mezzo-soprano accompanied by clarinet and piano

For Anne Gregory is the first song of a set of three I composed with texts by William Butler Yeats. Also in the set: The Wild Swans at Coole and To a Child Dancing in the Wind. The piece was commissioned and performed by D'Anna Fortunato. Here she is accompanied by Chester Brezniak on clarinet and Randall Hodgkinson on piano.

For Anne Gregory

'NEVER shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey-coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.'
'But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown, or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not my yellow hair.'
'I heard an old religious man
But yesternight declare
That he had found a text to prove
That only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.'