The Metropolitan Tower

"The Metropolitan Tower" is the first song in Laitman's song cycle The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs. The poem, by Sara Teasdale, was published in her 1911 volume Helen of Troy and Other Poems.

The composer's note and one of the audio clips for "The Metropolitan Tower" are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Katie Martin, soprano, and Barbara Bochenek, piano, and this performance took place at Pepperdine University at SongFest 2010.

Date: 1992Composer: Lori LaitmanText: Sara TeasdaleSong Collection: The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

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The Metropolitan Tower
by Sara Teasdale

We walked together in the dusk
To watch the tower grow dimly white,
And saw it lift against the sky
Its flower of amber light.
You talked of half a hundred things,
I kept each hurried word you said;
And when at last the hour was full,
I saw the light turn red.
You did not know the time had come,
You did not see the sudden flower,
Nor know that in my heart Love’s birth
Was reckoned from that hour.

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    Sheet Music

    The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs

    Composer(s): Lori Laitman

    Song(s): 1. The Metropolitan Tower
    2. A Winter Night
    3. Old Tunes
    4. The Strong House
    5. The Hour
    6. To a Loose Woman

    Voice Type: High

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