Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund


White Shoulders - (2010)    

Carl Sandburg

for baritone and piano


Your white shoulders
        I remember
And your shrug of laughter.

        Low laughter
        Shaken slow
From your white shoulders.

[ 1 pages, circa 1' 20" ]

Carl Sandburg


The text comes from Sandburg's Chicago Poems (1916), speaking sense memories of pleasant moments spent with another.



The setting is rhetorical in structure, simple, six-note chords in dynamically shaped arches, with the vocal part marked poco rubato a piacere.



The score for White Shoulders 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.


White Shoulders