Composition Assignment: Text Setting

You are to write a song based on the following poem by Emily Dickinson.

There are two mays
and then a must
and after that a shall.
How infinite the compromise
that indicates I will!

Your song should demonstrate your ability to use mode mixture, chromaticism, and modulation to suit an interpretation of this wonderful verse. The song does not need to be long, but you may need to repeat text should your musical ideas require a larger canvas.


Before beginning, consider the nuances of the verse by asking yourself the following questions.


Try to include each of the following in your setting:
  1. A short introduction that sets the mood and key.
  2. At least one tonicization of a diatonic triad.
  3. A modulation.
  4. Either a Neapolitan or Augmented 6th Chord.
    Created 03.30.00