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I Shall Know Why

I Shall Know Why: a choral setting of Emily Dickinson

My latest choral composition is a tone poem for SATB choir a cappella, a sensitive setting of a poem by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) entitled “I Shall Know Why.”

I shall know why-when Time is over–

And I have ceased to wonder why–

Christ will explain each separate anguish

In the fair schoolroom of the sky–

He will tell me what “Peter” promised–

And I–for wonder at his woe–

I shall forget the drop of Anguish

That scalds me now–that scalds me now!

The score of this composition is available for purchase for $9.99, which includes unlimited reproduction rights for one choir/conductor/director to perform the piece in a season. The first page of the composition is available as a free preview, by clicking the image to the left. If you are a choral director who would like to peruse the score for evaluation, please use the Contact page. There are no recordings of this piece available yet.

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