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Jonathan Lovenstein
1952 -
United States of America, OH
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J. Lovenstein
Jonathan Lovenstein (15/02/1952), an American composer, from Columbus, Ohio. He studied composition, piano, and recorder at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he received a degree in Musicology. He studied recorder with John Tyson and received his Master's degree in Performance of Early Music from New England Conservatory in 1978. He is on the faculty at All Newton Music School and Chestnut Hill School and performs frequently throughout the Boston area with Cantorum Baroque Ensemble.
Requiem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1994c
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:R.L. Stevenson
Label(s):Titanic TI 240
A requiem song for voice and piano. Text by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), an American poet.
Appropriately it was Stevenson's own short poem, ‘Requiem’ (1880, from an 1887 collection), that was written on his tomb:
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie...


The text of "Requiem" by Stevenson:

Requiem

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.


The text of this poem has been used by Sidney Homer, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Ernest Whyte, Jonathan Lovenstein, Edward Bell, David Bedford and Luke Zaccaro.
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R.L. Stevenson
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