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Only until this cigarette is ended


AUDIO
Performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

DURATION
3’50”

YEAR COMPOSED
2009

POET
Edna St. Vincent Millay

COMMISSIONER
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

INSTRUMENTATION
There are two versions:
- baritone with piano
- baritone with flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion

ORDERING SCORES
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TEXT

Only until this cigarette is ended,
A little moment at the end of all,
While on the floor the quiet ashes fall,
And in the firelight to a lance extended,
Bizarrely with the jazzing music blended,
The broken shadow dances on the wall,
I will permit my memory to recall
The vision of you, by all my dreams attended.
And then adieu,—farewell!—the dream is done.
Yours is a face of which I can forget
The color and the features, every one,
The words not ever, and the smiles not yet;
But in your day this moment is the sun
Upon a hill, after the sun has set.