Composer:   Kenney Potter; text by Emily Dickinson
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.
Edition:   SBMP1017
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   a cappella


Sheila Shusterich
Ordean-East Middle School
R&R Chair Middle Level & Jr High

It includes a rehearsal only piano score

The poetry of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) lends itself to many choral settings and in fact, there are many settings of this poem with Kenney Potter’s being my personal favorite. The mixed meter 7/8, 8/8, 6/8, 4/8 is exciting to learn for the students and a fun conducting challenge for the director! We had some mini conducting lessons to internalize the 7/8 (conducted in 3).

The big take-away for my choirs while learning this selection was the need to put their listening skills into overdrive and to keep a pulse while learning their notes. Once we got to the performance stage, it came together like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers. It fit together beautifully. The piece has a great rhythmic energy and my grade 8 singers really enjoy performing it, especially the free-fall extremity section (m. 46-49) and the reflective out-of-tempo section that follows (m. 50-54).

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