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Arthur Whiting
1861 - 1936
United States of America, MA
A.B. Whiting
Arthur Batelle [Arthur] Whiting (20/06/1861 - 20/07/1936), an American composer; born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1861. He was the nephew of organist and composer George E. Whiting. A naturally gifted musician, Arthur first appeared publicly as a concert pianist in Worchester, Massachusetts, at the age of thirteen. He studied first at the New England Conservatory with William Hall Sherwood and George Whitefield Chadwick and later at the Munich Conservatory with Josef Gabriel Rheinberger. The latter composer wrote numerous oratorios, operas, and cantatas and significantly influenced Whiting's interest in vocal and choral music. Due to his study in Germany, Whiting's compositions reflect a strong connection to the music of Bach and Brahms. Stylistically, Whiting remained a neo-classicist throughout his career. He adhered to traditional forms such as the concerto, fantasia, anthem, and motet. He was a pioneer in the early-music movement advocating for historically informed performance practices.
When I am dead, my dearest
Composed in:1904
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"When I am dead, my dearest", published 1904, for soprano and piano.
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.

Christina Rossetti
(from Goblin Market and other Poems, published 1862)
Chr. Rossetti