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Frederic William Austin
1872 - 1952
Great Britain, England
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F.W. Austin
Frederick (William) Austin (30/03/1872 - 10/04/1952), an English baritone singer, a musical teacher and composer in the period 1905 1930. Born in Poplar, Middlesex. He is best remembered for his restoration and production of The Beggar's Opera by John Gay and Johann Christoph Pepusch, and its sequel, Polly, in 192023. Austin was the older brother of the composer Ernest Austin (18741947).
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1911
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Song for SATB chorus a cappella.
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)
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Chr. Rossetti
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