If you were to write a song based on Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death," what would it sound like?
Would it be a dirge? A tango? A march?
There are funeral marches. Perhaps the most famous funeral march was written by Frederic Chopin (at the right).
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Would you sing it to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song? (at the left)
Well, I sat at the piano a few years ago, and I wrote a song based on "Because I could not stop for death" -- and it ended up being a waltz. A wicked waltz. A wickedly audacious waltz.
By Emily Dickinson:
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –
Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –
We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –
Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –
For the most part, I have finished writing the music, and the pages are shown below.
Click the images to enlarge.
I see some corrections I have to make to the fourth page, so I'll upload a correct copy of the page soon. I'll also look it over to see if there are other corrections to make too.