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Arthur Finley Nevin
1871 - 1943
United States of America, PA
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A.F. Nevin
Arthur (Finley) Nevin (27/04/1871 10/07/1943) was an American composer, conductor, teacher and musicologist. Along with Charles Wakefield Cadman, Blair Fairchild, Charles Sanford Skilton, and Arthur Farwell, among others, he was one of the leading Indianist composers of the early twentieth century.
If thou wilt
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1929
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"If thou wilt", published 1929, for voice 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)
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Chr. Rossetti
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