February 20, 2018

Flowers (2009)

Words by Emily Dickinson

Purchase Score

Flowers 1’57”
(Recording: The Philovox Ensemble of Boston)

for SATB chorus and piano
Level: medium, 1’57”

Program Notes:

This piece is a setting of Emily Dickenson’s poem; the music was intended to joyfully represent the natural beauty of flowers, as does the poetry.

—Henry Mollicone


Flowers — Well — if anybody
Can the ecstasy define
Half a transport — half a trouble
With which flowers humble men
Anybody find the fountain
From which floods so contra flow
I will give him all the Daisies
Which upon the hillside blow

Too much pathos in their faces
For a simple breast like mine
Butterflies from St. Domingo
Cruising round the purple line
Have a system of aesthetics
Far superior to mine

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