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Pulse for Pulse

by Costas Dafnis

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PULSE FOR PULSE, Wind Ensemble and Solo Voice


Come to me in the silence of the night; come in the speaking silence of a dream; Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright as sunlight on a stream; Come back in tears, O memory, hope and love of finished years. O dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter-sweet, whose wakening should have been in Paradise, where souls brim-full of love abide and meet; where thirsting longing eyes watch the slow door that opening, letting in, lets out no more. Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live my very life again though cold in death; Come back to me in dreams, that I may give pulse for pulse, breath for breath: Speak low, lean low, as long ago, my love, how long ago.

Text by Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894) from a poem titled ECHO, written in 1854 and published in 1862 in a book of her work called Goblin Market and Other Poems.


released January 1, 2013
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble, under John Winkelman. Solo sung by Maria Paz Castillo. Live performance recorded in San Diego, CA.



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