Plum Gatherer › 2016
soprano, cimbalom | 11:45 | for Ludovico Ensemble
text by Edna St. Vincent Millay
premiere: Ludovico Ensemble; May 2, 2016 at St. Paul’s Church, Brookline MA


The angry nettle and the mild 
Grew together under the blue plum-trees. 
I could not tell as a child 
Which was my friend of these.

Always the angry nettle in the skirt of his sister 
Caught my wrist that reached over the ground, 
Where alike I gathered,—for the one was sweet, and the other wore a frosty dust— 
The broken plum and the sound.

The plum-trees are barren now and the black knot is upon them,
That stood so white in the spring. 
I would give, to recall the sweetness and the frost of the lost blue plums, 
Anything, anything. 
I thrust my arm among the grey ambiguous nettles, and wait. 
But they do not sting.

Edna St. Vincent Millay – The Buck in the Snow and Other Poems, 1928

score: pdf download | hard copy

press: boston classical review