The Kiss

(1998)

"The Kiss" is the third song of Lori Laitman's song cycle Mystery, which sets the poetry of Sara Teasdale. This particular poem is from Teasdale's volume Helen of Troy and Other Poems of 1911.

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Composer's Note:

"Mystery, a song cycle for either baritone or mezzo-soprano, sets five poems by American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). Composed for baritone Kurt Ollmann, these poems reflect on love and its enigmas...'The Kiss' is set as a parody, humorously juxtaposing the old parlor song style of the vocal line with a more contemporary piano part containing dissonance and rhythmic displacements."

--Lori Laitman

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The composer's note and the audio clip (provided in the media player to the right) are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. In this audio clip, the performers are Rebecca Brinkley, soprano, and Han-Wen Yu, piano, and the performance took place at Pepperdine University at SongFest 2010. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

The Kiss
by Sara Teasdale


I hoped that he would love me,
And he has kissed my mouth,
But I am like a stricken bird
That cannot reach the south.


For though I know he loves me,
To-night my heart is sad;
His kiss was not so wonderful
As all the dreams I had.


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