Sweet Love Remember'd is a lush setting of Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. The music beautifully complements the poetry with voice leading that allows the choir to move in and out of the richly dense expressive harmonies. This piece was commissioned by the Brigham Young University Singers for inclusion in their program at the 2005 National ACDA Convention in Los Angeles.
Suitable for University and advanced High School choirs.
- SATB divisi, Unaccompanied
- Sonnet XXIX by William Shakespeare
- Level: Advanced
- Duration: ~3:30
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When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd,
Desiring this man's art and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.