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Early,  bright,  transient

Early, bright, transient . . .

by Joanna Treasure

sung by the dwsChorale

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Early, bright, transient,

chaste as the morning dew,

she sparkled,

was exhaled, and went to heaven.

Taken from the Poem "Night Thoughts" by Edward Young (1683 - 1765)

This moving setting of  this poem, composed in memory of a stillborn child, is remarkable

in its sparing use of just three solo voices to conjure up a whole world of grief mixed

with fond but brief memory.

The original setting is for SSA (2 sopranos and one alto)

The dwsChorale has sung it here in his studio a fourth down, with the composer's approval.