Warm Summer Sun -
for medium voice and piano
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, good night.
[ 1 page, circa 1' 10" ]
Mark Twain Sculpture in Library Park, Monrovia
On a plaque next to the statue by sculptor Gary Price which is found in
Library Park, Monrovia, Mark Twain is quoted, "The man who does not read
good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." This loving
epitaph, however, is no parody as were other epitaphs but was written by the
Mark Twain (whose given name was Samuel Clemens) on the tombstone of his
wife, Olivia L. Langdon, whom he married in 1870 and who died in Florence in
1904. Both of them are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.
An example of a parody of such epitaphs, much in vogue in that time as
perhaps a way of minimizing the pain of death and loss, is Twain's
Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec'd.
The setting for this loving tribute to Mark Twain's wife is simple,
nostalgic, and the vocal line arching in character. Most delicate lifting
portamenti are suggested.
is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial
performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement
with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.
Warm Summer Sun