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Halsey Stevens
1908 - 1989
United States of America, NY
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H. Stevens
Halsey Stevens (03/12/1908 20/01/1989) was an American music professor, biographer, and composer of American music. Halsey Stevens was born in Scott, New York and educated at Syracuse University and the University of California, Berkeley. He studied with William Berwald at Syracuse and with the composer Ernest Bloch at Berkeley. Stevens served as a faculty member at Syracuse University (19351937), Dakota Wesleyan University (19371941), Bradley University (19411946), the University of Redlands (1946), and then at the University of Southern California from 1946 until his retirement in 1976. His notable students there included Houston Bright, Benjamin Lees, and Morten Lauridsen. He died in a Long Beach, California, medical facility on January 20, 1989, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1942
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"When I am dead, my dearest", published 1942, 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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