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Robert Houston Bright
1916 - 1970
United States of America
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R.H. Bright
[Robert] Houston Bright (21/01/1916 08/12/1970), a composer of American music, known primarily for his choral works. The best-known of these is the original spiritual "I Hear a Voice A-Prayin'," but he wrote dozens of highly regarded pieces over the course of his career, including a number of instrumental compositions. Bright was, among his peers, well known and respected as a composer, choral director, and professor. He spent his entire academic career in the Music Department of West Texas State College (now West Texas A&M University).
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1961
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Song for SATB chorus a cappella: "Refection", published 1961.
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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