Before the Storm

Song Collection

Before the Storm: Four Songs for Mezzo-Soprano, Cello, and Piano is a song cycle by Jake Heggie setting the poetry of Judyth Walker Cave, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Dorothy Parker. The work was composed in 1986 and revised before the premiere on April 26, 1998 at Old First Church, San Francisco with mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao, cellist Emil Miland, and pianist Jake Heggie.

Date: 1998Composer: Jake HeggieText: Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker

Print vitals & song text


I. Before the Storm | Text: Judyth Walker Cave
II. It sounded as if the streets were running | Text: Emily Dickinson
III. What lips my lips have kissed | Text: Edna St. Vincent Millay
IV. The Thin Edge | Text: Dorothy Parker


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