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A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live - that day.
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "A word", 195-? [sung text not yet checked]
- by Gloria Coates (b. 1938), "A word is dead", from 15 Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Logan Skelton , "A word is dead", 2008 [ soprano and piano ], from Dickinson Songs, Book 2: The Unknown Peninsula, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Una parola è morta", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Una parola è morta dopo che è pronunciata, così affermano alcuni. Io dico invece che incomincia a vivere - proprio in quel giorno.
- Translation from English to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2009 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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