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Reward - (2013)    

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.

for medium voice and piano

 for Cathy Rubin

Out of the silence
    I come to you,
Bringing a love
    Free as the dew.

I come and sing
    A heart's great love,
And passion of soul
    Pure as a dove.

But this I crave
    As you pass by--
A smile on your lips,
    A light in your eye.

2 pages, circa 2' 30"

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.


The text is found in Poems, 1922, an anthology of his work.  For settings of Cotter's other texts, click here.




Employing first inversion triads related by a diatonic second of the scale, this simple setting breaks the three stanzas of the poem into two strophes by repeating the text, a long standing song form tradition.



From Rubin's website:  "C.M. Rubin was born in South America, and as a child, lived in many cities throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She has more than two decades experience in development, marketing, and art direction for a diverse range of media businesses. She is the author of two best-selling, award winning books for children, Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake and Me, and its sequel, Ellie, The Perfect Dress For Me, . She is currently working on a third book in the Ellie series." Along with Gabrielle Rubin she has written The Real Alice in Wonderland: A Role Model for the Ages.


The score for Reward 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.