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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.  A recording will be posted soon: watch this space!

Stopping by Woods (Medium Voice)


Stopping by Woods (Baritone)
              

Stopping by Woods (High Voice)