Two Emily Dickinson Songs
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2006)
author: Emily Dickinson (1896)
genre: chamber choir (a cappella)
length: 2 movements, 8:00 minutes
movements: 1. The Sea of Sunset    2. Wild Nights
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440

world premiere: 4 March 2007
CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) • Richard Coffey, conductor
NEA American Masterpieces Choral Festival
VMA Arts and Cultural Center • Providence, Rhode Island
program notes: "Two Emily Dickinson Songs" was commissioned by The Providence Singers with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The work is one of several commissions granted by The Providence Singers, who hosted the 2007 American Masterpieces Choral Festival in Providence, Rhode Island.

  The Sea of Sunset
This is the land the sunset washes,
These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
These are the western mystery!
Night after night her purple traffic
Strews the landing with opal bales;
Merchantmen poise upon the horizons,
Dip, and vanish with fairy sails.
Wild Nights
Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart,
Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!