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
      But when once from hence we fly,
      More and more approaching nigh
             Unto young eternity,
There no monstrous fancies shall
       Out of hell an horror call,
       To create, or cause at all,
    There, in calm and cooling sleep
      We our eyes shall never steep,
       But eternal watch shall keep,
    Pleasures, such as shall pursue
         Me immortalized, and you;
        And fresh joys, as never too
                  Have ending.



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 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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