Ashes (Maggie Furtak)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-13)   CPDL #51481:     
Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2018-10-13).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 1.68 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Ashes
Composer: Maggie Furtak
Lyricist: Maggie Furtak

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2018

Description: On the topic of aging, death, and Alzheimer's Disease. There are a few notes of additional part division, but this piece can be performed successfully by three singers, either SSA or SAA. Because it is a cappella, changing the key to add male voices or just adjust the range is very possible. A piano reduction is provided for rehearsal purposes.

External websites: https://youtu.be/Iv2AcZX1e3o

Original text and translations

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Come marry me unto the earth.
Cover me up with your roses,
Cover me up with the ashes of my youth.
I’ll drink the night gladly.

Bend me to the arms of the earth.
Fill my ears, pond deep.
Eyes are for dreaming,
Ease them shut.

Skin is for the living,
Crumple it to the floor,
Skin is for the living,
Live no more.

But let me keep my love.
Trust me with your remembering,
And watch me off to sleep.