Mama Never Forgets Her Birds
for SATB and piano (1997)

Duration
1½ min.

Premiere
15 November 1997
Sarah Lawrence Chorus / George Tsontakis, director / Chester Biscardi, piano
Copland in Song: A Benefit for the Copland Heritage Association for Cortlandt; Reisinger Concert Hall, Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY

Text
Emily Dickinson ("Mama never forgets her birds")

Dedication
Dedicated to the Memory of Aaron Copland and to The Copland Heritage Association of Cortlandt ("The Copland House")

Publisher
Biscardi Music Press (available on request)

Notes
Mama never forgets her birds,
Though in another tree --
She looks down just as often
And just as tenderly

As when her little mortal nest
With cunning care she wove --
If either of her "sparrows fell,"
She "notices," above.

ca. 1860

Emily Dickinson poetry is used by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of Amherst College from THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON, Thomas H. Johnson, ed., Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright © 1951, 1985, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.
Arranged for SATB and piano from The Gift of Life, for soprano and piano (1990-1993).


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