Collected Poetry


Letter to the World - (2020)   

Emily Dickinson

for medium voice and piano


This is my letter to the World
That never wrote to Me --
The simple News that Nature told
With tender Majesty

Her Message is committed
To Hands I cannot see --
For love of her -- Sweet -- countrymen
Judge tenderly -- of Me

1 page, circa 1' 20"

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


A letter to the world by an almost unknown in her day, this seems credo and plea, wedded as one. More others may say as analysis



The gentle arpeggio, harp-like, sounds simple tonic, subdominant and 'sus' chords as the simple, hymn-like text is sung. Rubato as wished for sound and sense is encouraged.




The score 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 art song score.


Letter to the World

A4 edition