Unto Young Eternity

SATB a cappella
Text:Robert Herrick
Duration: 3 min
Publisher: G. Schirmer


From the pen of rapidly rising young composer Matthew Emery and winner of the 2013 ACDA Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest, this a cappella setting of the Robert Herrick poem is a beautiful addition to serious choral repertoire. With dramatic use of dynamics, a fresh harmonic language and a timeless text, this is a wonderful selection for college and community choirs.

Can be heard on the ACDA album from sound waves recording.



In this world, the isle of dreams,
      While we sit by sorrow’s streams,
      Tears and terrors are our themes
                     Reciting:
      But when once from hence we fly,
      More and more approaching nigh
             Unto young eternity,
                     Uniting:
There no monstrous fancies shall
       Out of hell an horror call,
       To create, or cause at all,
                  Affrighting.
    There, in calm and cooling sleep
      We our eyes shall never steep,
       But eternal watch shall keep,
                   Attending
    Pleasures, such as shall pursue
         Me immortalized, and you;
        And fresh joys, as never too
                  Have ending.

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Score

G. Schirmer

Themes: life, loss, journey, peace, secular, places, paths,

 

About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed in sixteen countries. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada where he maintains an active composition and teaching studio.

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