Who's in the next room (Alexandra Uitdenbogerd)

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  • (Posted 2009-06-28)  CPDL #19696:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2009-06-28).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please notify composer of performances: Email

General Information

Title: Who’s in the Next Room
Composer: Alexandra Uitdenbogerd
Lyricist: Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 2009

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

“Who’s in the next room?—who?
I seemed to see
Somebody in the dawning passing through,
Unknown to me.”
“Nay: you saw nought. He passed invisibly.”

“Who’s in the next room?—who?
I seem to hear
Somebody muttering firm in a language new
That chills the ear.”
“No: you catch not his tongue who has entered there.”

“Who’s in the next room?—who?
I seem to feel
His breath like a clammy draught, as if it drew
From the Polar Wheel.”
“No: none who breathes at all does the door conceal.”

“Who’s in the next room?—who?
A figure wan
With a message to one in there of something due?
Shall I know him anon?”
“Yea he; and he brought such; and you’ll know him anon.”

The mysterious “language” at bar 20 is taken from the last three lines of the poem, pronounced backwards:
“Nona mih whon loo dna chus tor ee dna ee yea
Nona mih whon ya lash
Oo gni thmus vo thin ah…”