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Stopping by Woods
   
 

2019 brought a bonanza of works into the public domain in the US after a twenty-year drought foolishly imposed by Congress on behalf—literally—of Mickey Mouse. One of these new public domain texts is Robert Frost’s much loved, admired, and quoted poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  As the year approached, I resolved to be, if I could, the first composer to write an unfettered musical setting of this iconic text.  I composed the song between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, waiting to insert the final measure at 12:01 AM on January 1, 2019.  Scores for medium and high voice and for baritone appear below.  There is no recording yet, but watch this space!

Stopping by Woods (Medium Voice)


Stopping by Woods (Baritone)
              

Stopping by Woods (High Voice)