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October

First Performance

August 2020

Ensemble

Voice and Piano

Duration

2 minutes

Program Notes

Robert Frost’s poem “October” not only expresses the familiar heartache of lost love but also of lost ideas or inspiration that is so common to musicians and composers. The heartache behind this ‘lost love’ is reflected in this arrangement by the contrast between a grieving vocal melody and its simple piano accompaniment. Listen for repeated motifs as the poet is begging the day, along with his ideas, to stay with him just a bit longer.

Jaclyn Breeze, 2020

 

October by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost –

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

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