When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,
I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.
G. Crumb sets lines 1, 3
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by George Crumb (b. 1929), "When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd", lines 1,3, from Apparition - Elegiac Songs and Vocalises, no. 2. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Vivian Fine (1913 - 2000), "When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd", 1986, first performed 1987 [vocal duet with piano], from Inscriptions, no. 4. [ sung text verified 1 time]
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- by Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963), "When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd" [baritone, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra], from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 1.
- by Roger Sessions (1896 - 1985), "When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd", from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 1.
- by William Harold Neidlinger (1863 - 1924), "Memories of President Lincoln", published 1920. [baritone or tenor, piano]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Quand les derniers lilas dans la petite cour fleurissaient", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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