A Child's Garden of Verses

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for Voice and Piano

In searching for a text for my first set of art songs I found myself gravitating towards poetry that evoked a feeling of nostalgia.  After reading the first few poems of Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses" I knew that this was what I needed to set.  Each of the first eight poems is set as a distinct song that evokes the idea of an adult looking back on childhood memories with a mixture of fondness and longing.