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John Villaume
1907 - 1994
J.W. Villaume
Jack Waldemar [John] Villaume (11/02/1907 - 16/08/1994), an Australian composer and bankassistent. John Villaume was the performing and writing name used by Jack Waldemar Villaume. Though he is best remembered as a musician, Jack worked for 48 years for the ANZ Banking Group. His heart was in his music, and he spent most of his life performing, conducting, and teaching. He was a fine pianist and choral conductor, but not a prolific composer. However, he really enjoyed the discipline of getting his thoughts on paper and trying them out on the piano.
Nature's Requiem
Composed in:1957
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Nature's Requiem (1957), song for low voice. Text by Christine Rosetti.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was a female British poet. She wrote a poem called Requiem or Song

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.

Chr. Rossetti