Happy birthday, Emily

July 30, 2017

In honor of the birthday of English novelist and poet Emily Brontë (1818-1848), here is a choral setting of one of her poems.

Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee
Shall Nature cease to bow?

Thy mind is ever moving
In regions dark to thee;
Recall its useless roving—
Come back and dwell with me.

Happy birthday, Emily

July 30, 2016

It’s the birthday of Emily Brontë (1818-1848), who is remembered — when she’s remembered at all — as the author of Wuthering Heights, her only novel. Not many know that she was also one of the finest English poets of the nineteenth century. Here is a choral setting by Ola Gjeilo of a fragment of one of her poems, “Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee.”


Happy birthday, Ola

May 5, 2016

It’s the birthday of pianist and composer Ola Gjeilo, born in Norway in 1978. He earned his bachelor’s degree in composition from the Royal Academy of Music in London and his master’s in composition from the Juilliard School. Here is his choral setting of a poem by Emily Brontë, performed by the Singing Statesmen at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Happy birthday, Charlotte

April 21, 2016

It’s the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë — how the years fly by! Her first novel, Jane Eyre, was published around the time I started kindergarten, although I didn’t actually get around to reading it until I was in my teens. When I finally did, it marked the beginning of an enduring love affair with nineteenth century British literature that has been one of the greatest sources of joy in my life. Thanks, Charlotte!


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