Music, when soft voices die
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2007/2008)
author: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1821)
genres: SATB a cappella
length: 1 movement, 4:00 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
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premiere: February 27, 2009
The Pittsburgh Camerata
Rebecca Rollet, artistic director
Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
program notes: "Music, when soft voices die" was commissioned by baritone Thomas Octave in loving memory of his grandfather, Raymond Vagnoni, and his mentor, mezzo-soprano Mimi Lerner.
  In 2008 the Pittsburgh Camerata commissioned an a cappella choral version, which the group premiered in early 2009 in four subscription concerts.

text: Music, when soft voices die by Percy Bysshe Shelley
 
Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.
 
Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heap'd for the belovèd's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.