David Last - When I Am Dead, My Dearest

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Composed 2014 by David Last (b. 1995) and premiered by Ping on April 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

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from Ping, released October 17, 2014

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Ping Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Formed in 2013 as an early/new music vocal ensemble at Carnegie Mellon, Ping believes there's something special at the intersection of Pärt and Palestrina. They've opened for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Orion String Quartet, held residencies in Colorado and Nantucket, and been an important catalyst in the creation of new vocal music, having premiering eight new works by young composers this year. ... more

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