SSAA Voices and Piano
This setting in ABA form of Emily Dickinson’s heartfelt poem focuses on the one gift that is shared in any relationship…the heart. In addition, borrowed text from other Dickinson poems provides the lyrics for the powerful B Section (The sunrise compelleth me….). Limited mixed meter is the means by which the poem moves along, emphasizing Dickinson’s words and phrases that capture the emotion shared by two individuals in love. The return of the A Section moves the piece toward its final celebration of joy found in a heart of love.