Sunset (Francesco Berger)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-22)  CPDL #75609:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 446 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Berger’s setting contains a few minor variations of Carpenter’s original published poem. The variations have no significance musically or in meaning and this edition restores the original.
  • (Posted 2019-05-21)  CPDL #54282:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Sunset
Composer: Francesco Berger
Lyricist: Joseph Edwards Carpenter

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 96

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Original text and translations

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Sunset in the flow'ry dale,
Sunset in the silver bay;
Evening spreads her ebon veil,
Darker shadows round us play.
Slowly o'er the distant scene,
Falla the glorious setting sun,
Who can tell what he hath seen,
Since the busy day begun?

Sunset in the golden West,
Steeped in dew each flow'ret weeps,
'Tis the sacred hour of rest,
Labour's o'er and Sorrow sleeps.
Calm and blessed are the hours,
When the busy day is done,
Peace and sweet repose be ours,
Tranquil as the setting sun.