Sailors & Dreamers : Play Me a Song
for voice and chamber ensemble / voice and piano (2008)

Duration
ca. 3 min.

Premiere
World Premiere [Ensemble Version]
William Ferguson, voice
Sequitur
Paul Hostetter, conductor

19 September 2011
Merkin Concert Hall
New York City

World Premiere [Voice and Piano Version]
Dennis Tobenski, voice
Marc Peloquin, piano

9 October 2015
In Time's Unfolding: The Poetry of Chester Biscardi
Presented by KeyedUp Music Project
Tenri Cultural Institute
New York City

Text
Lyrics by Shirley Kaplan

Range
B3 – C5

Publisher
Biscardi Music Press: No. B48-08-2 (available on request)

Notes
PLAY ME A SONG
Play me a song
Sing me the words
Of places
we've been
and
people we've loved

In a small bottle
I send you notes
thrown
In a blue sea
Where
Rays fly
on slow wings
grey shadows
are cast on
pale sand

I watch
as
It floats
to Italian shores
where you sit
drinking wine
thinking
of a time
when life seemed
so easy
back then

Majorcan sun
Fades
The sand is still warm
Look to the sea
Majorcan sun
Fades
Look

In a small bottle
I send you notes
thrown
In a blue sea

Play me a song
Sing me the words
Of places we've been
and
people we've loved.
(repeat)
The song may be performed with either solo piano or with chamber ensemble.


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