Remember me (Michael Winikoff)
- Editor: Michael Winikoff (submitted 2017-03-02). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 312 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Description: This piece was inspired by recent world events, specifically a number of violent attacks. I am mindful of the quotation from Leonard Bernstein: "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." This piece aims to be cathartic. My hope is that by expressing the grief and pain, we can then go on living without giving in to fear, anger, or hate.
Original text and translations
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.