Henry Dehlinger

requiescat

 

A "Wilde" Stride for Soprano and Piano

 

2017

4'

Music by Henry Dehlinger
Words by Oscar Wilde

Dedication

 

Premiere

TBA

Notes

Requiescat is a setting of Oscar Wilde's poem (its Latin title means "May She Rest") that Wilde wrote seven years after his sister, Isola, died in 1867, less than two months before her 10th birthday. Wilde was 12 at the time of her death and later made regular visits to her grave. Isola's doctor recalled that Wilde's "lonely and inconsolable grief" sought relief in "long and frequent visits to his sister's grave in the village cemetery."

In its quiet simplicity, Wilde's lyric poem embodies his deep sense of loss:

Tread lightly, she is near   
Under the snow, 
Speak gently, she can hear   
The daisies grow.

The final lines, "All my life's buried here, / Heap earth upon it," are reminiscent of another untimely death of a young girl, that of Ophelia in Hamlet.

Dehlinger renders the music in a very American musical expression of grief - the blues. Specifically, it's a classical-blues crossover with a stride piano accompaniment reminiscent of his highly celebrated arrangement of Duke Ellington's Come Sunday.

Publisher

Henry Dehlinger Music Publishing

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Related Recordings

To be announced.


Categories

Vocal, Art Song, Classical-Blues Crossover

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