Friend, Pass Softly

SATB a cappella
Text: Marjorie Pickthall
Duration: 2 min
Publisher: E.C.S.

Written in memory of John Barron, founder of the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada.

This work employs Canadian poet Marjorie Pickthall’s “An Epitaph,” providing a poignant setting for use in memorial services, or in concerts with themes of remembrance.


FRIEND, pass softly. Here is one
Morning spent her gold upon;
Suns enriched her, and the beat
Of April’s tide flowed at her feet.
With each blossom, lovelier she;
Lovelier she with every leaf.
Spring forgets her now, and we
Count her summers by our grief




Themes: secular, memorial, funeral, loss, love, life, journey, long road, death, peace, stillness, nature, blossoming, flower



About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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