Etta Parker

Etta Parker was the first composer to set a text of Emily Dickinson to music.

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Parker’s “Have You Got a Brook in Your Little Heart?” was the first song setting of a poem by Emily Dickinson. The song was part of her 1896 cycle Three Songs and the only song in the cycle to set Dickinson’s text. The song was published six years after Dickinson’s poetry was first published. Dickinson’s sister Lavinia gave the song her blessing.

Recordings

Dwell in Possibility: Dickinson in Song

(Ernst Bacon, Aaron Copland, Celius Dougherty, John Woods Duke, Lee Hoiby, Richard Hundley, Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Etta Parker, Simon Sargon, Leo Smit and Richard Pearson Thomas)

2004

Songs

Sheet Music

Have You Got a Brook in Your Little Heart?

Composer(s): Etta Parker

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Pippa's Song (The Year's at the Spring)

Composer(s): Etta Parker

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