Purple - (2016)
Margaret Steele Anderson
for soprano or mezzo soprano and piano
A pigeon walking
dainty in the street;
The morning mist where backyard fences meet;
An old Victoria—and in it, proud,
An old, old woman, ready for her shroud:
These are the purple sights for me,
Not palaces nor pageantry.
pages, circa 2' 40"
...an old Victoria....
Margaret Steele Anderson (1867-1921) was literary editor of the `Evening
Post' of Louisville, Kentucky, published one volume of poetry, The Flame
in the Wind (John P. Morton and Company, 1914), and was also an art
critic who wrote A Study in Modern Painting. This text was
published in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, Harriet Monroe, ed.,
simple melody in the piano sings over an arpeggio beneath in two bar spans
of a very slow harmonic motion of only eight closely-related chords. The
accompaniment repeats as the voice part enters and sings the innocence-laden
lines until the imagery of the purple of impending death deepens the color
of the whole. The last restatement raises the accompaniment an octave, in a
music-box like fading away.
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