why do they shut me out of heaven sheet music

The song begins questioningly and ends angrily, with Copland repeating the opening text and setting it almost identically in the music--but with different emotion. The soprano begins her pleading with the "minor" singing, then resorts to begging, and gets more desperate in repeating "Don't shut the door! " (The piano mirrors the emotions with an accelerando. ) The last stanza of the poem is set contemplatively. Finally, after the soprano's last outburst, the piano is impassive and emotionless in the postlude, as if Heaven simply did not even notice the outburst.


Dickinson's poetry often deals with death and questions regarding an afterlife, and this poem is no exception. --Christie Finn Why do they shut Me out of Heaven? Why do they shut Me out of Heaven? Did I sing too loud? Timid as a Bird! But don't shut the door! Oh, if I were the Gentleman
Would I forbid? [Why do they shut Me out of Heaven? Did I sing too loud? ] Do you ever worry about being unwelcome at Heaven s gates for misbehavior? Is singing too loud cause for exclusion? Here s a lovely little poem of Emily Dickinson that asks, is there a place for me in Heaven, even if I m not exactly what you had in mind?


Can I have a second chance? If our roles were switched,б б I d let you in! Why Б do they shut Me out of Heaven? Why Б do they shut Me out of Heaven? б Did I sing Б too loud? But Б I can say a little minor Timid as a Bird! Wouldn t the Angels try me Б Just Б once Б more Б Just Б see Б if I troubled them Б But don t Б shut the door! Oh, if I Б were the Gentleman In the White Robe Б And they Б were the little Hand Б that knocked Б Could Б I Б forbid?


Aaron Copland sets this text in his vocal song cycle,б 12 poems of Emily Dickinson (1950). б You can listen to a lovely recording by. (this text is the third song, б begins at the 5:30 mark) The question I m left with is: Who are they in the first and penultimate line? I think of the admonition to Judge not, lest ye be not judged and wish for a Heaven where God is only as just as necessary and as merciful as possible. And doesn t mind my loud singing.

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