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I Shall Not Forget [SATB chorus a cappella] - SCORE

SKU: EH0002A
  • I Shall Not Forget

    for SATB chorus a cappella (with divisi)


    text by Archibald Lampman

    music by E.K.R. Hammell


    Known performances:

    • 10 Dec 2022 | Concreamus Chamber Choir, dir. Kai Leung | Toronto ON Canada
    • 29 May 2022 | Concreamus Chamber Choir, dir. Kai Leung | Toronto ON Canada
    • PREMIERE: 07 May 2017 | That Choir, dir. Craig Pike | Toronto ON Canada

    Featured work: That Choir inaugural New Works Development Program.


    score video (Audio w/Score):


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    4 mins


    program notes:

    I Shall Not Forget is a choral setting of White Pansies by Canadian poet, Archibald Lampman. Lampman wrote the poem in 1894 in response to the death of his young son, Arnold. The darkly beautiful imagery and profound sadness of the text are a solemn reminder to never take any moment for granted, and had an anguished, lamenting quality that spoke to me in a way I felt needed to be expressed musically.



    Archibald Lampman (1862-1899)

    White Pansies

    Day and night pass over, rounding,
    Star and cloud and sun,
    Things of drift and shadow, empty
    Of my dearest one.

    Soft as slumber was my baby,
    Beaming bright and sweet;
    Daintier than bloom or jewel
    Were his hands and feet.

    He was mine, mine all, mine only,
    Mine and his debt;
    Earth and Life and Time are changers;
    I shall not forget.

    Pansies for my dear one — heartsease —
    Set them gently so;
    For his stainless lips and forehead,
    Pansies white as snow.

    Would that in the flower-grown little
    Grave they dug so deep,
    I might rest beside him, dreamless,
    Smile no more, nor weep.


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