Remember

Composer
Year of composition
2004
Lyricist
Christina Rossetti
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available

’Remember’ is a choral setting of a poem of the same title by Christina Rossetti. The poet asks that she will be remembered once she has ’gone far away into the silent land’.

The idea that we transcend to another existence after we die is a belief common to all the major religions and one with which I wholeheartedly concur. Whilst setting this lovely poem, I was aware of the sadness people feel when someone close to them dies, but more importantly, the sense of mystery and wonder that the person who dies feels as they enter a new world of existence.

I consider that the style of my setting is appropriate to performance at a funeral or memorial service in addition to supporting the sentiments expressed by the text. For example, the separation between the two ’worlds’ is expressed by the stark harmonic language, especially with the musical setting of the line ’Nor half I turn to go yet turning stay’.

The musical motive that runs through the whole piece is the opening setting of the words ’Remember me’. This initially provides a springboard for the text itself to be sung by the sopranos. Later the ladies sing this motive and the tenors sing the text.

The music builds up to the last two lines where the poet suggests that it is better to forget her rather than to be saddened by anything for which she might be remembered. But as the poem is generally asking that she be remembered, I finish the piece with a return to the opening ’Remember me’, the last phrase being a string of suspensions that seem to extend into infinity.

page one of RememberASALTTEXT

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:

seView

seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.

Scorch

Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

Static preview

The static preview shows a basic image of the first page.

Interactive preview

The interactive preview also shows a preview of the first page, but it's a bit slower to load. The preview is displayed using the Sibelius Cloud Publishing technology from Avid. With most scores, this technology will provide a higher quality preview, as well as being able to switch to full screen mode and also play the displayed music to you.

Printing after purchase

After you have purchased this item the Cloud Publishing technology is utilised to provide the printing mechanism for the music. As such, we recommend checking that the Interactive Preview displays correctly on your device before committing to a purchase.

Licensing for this music

This score was published on Score Exchange by Malcolm Dedman. When you buy it, you are granted a license that includes the following:

Sharing the file you download
When you buy the score - make multiple copies

For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.