Jean Starr Untermeyer
for soprano and piano
When an old man walks with lowered head
And eyes that do not seem to see,
I wonder does he ponder on
The worm he was or is to be.
Or has he turned his gaze within,
Lost to his own vicinity;
Erecting in a doubtful dream
Frail bridges to Infinity.
2 pages, circa 2' 40"
text is found in "American Poetry, 1922: A Miscellany," Harcourt, Brace and
chords built on separations of the tenth and the twelfth color this musing,
with static double-dotted rhythm standing in contrast to sweeps of harmonic
blurring. The form is a song form with the second strophe pitched a second
below before a return to the tonic at the coda, as the vocal line ends as it
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Old Man is available as a free PDF download, though any major
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